I’ve learned from my friends and fellow spanking authors that, for some of them, titles can be the bane of their existence. Apparently, for some people, titles are extremely difficult. This was news to me. I’m not kidding; it honestly was. I don’t think I have ever had difficulty coming up with a title for anything, fiction at least, that I have ever written. At the same time, I have no idea how to explain how I do it. It’s not really any sort of concrete process. This is usually something about every story that jumps out at me. Sometimes from the very beginning.
Often, this seems to be some sort of play on words. I’m a word person. I fully admit it so this is of no surprise to me. For instance, Playing with Fire came from several different details about the book. For one, in the very first scene, Cade describe Stacy’s hair as being like fire under the lights of the bar. (By the way, that particular book, the characters on the cover looked nothing like the characters in the book so if you’re relying on the cover, you have a warped perception of what the characters look like). Secondly, it’s a play on the saying, “If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.” Essentially, both Cade and Stacy are doing that with each other. They’re taking chances on each other and risking getting burned. Also, it was just fun becauhttp://www.ruthstaunton.com/?p=343se Stacy is such a firecracker. 🙂
For Gillie’s Little Secret, I knew as soon as I knew what the story was about. Again, it’s a play on words. Secret because she kept her ageplay interest secret from her husband for so long. Little has dual meanings. Gillie is a Little. Also, it’s a sarcastic play on words. Her secret isn’t little by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a big paradigm shift
Does anybody else have tricks for coming up with titles? I’d really like to hear. In the meantime, check out some new titles from my fellow bloggers.