Choosing a Title

For me, choosing a title for my first book was harder than writing it. Most authors have the opposite problem, they come up with a catchy title and write the book to follow. I did not.

It took me more than a month to think up a title for Intentions of the Earl. And actually, if I remember correctly, my husband is the one who suggested something similar to that and it immediately clicked. It gave enough away about the book to be intriguing, yet original. Just to make sure there weren’t any other books with the same title, I went to the internet and searched at Amazon and the Copyright registry, and viola, nobody had named titled their book that.

Liberty for Paul, was much easier to think up a title to; and as an added bonus, it has a double meaning!

When I first wrote Paul into Intentions of the Earl I didn’t give much thought to the name I typed out. All I knew was I wanted something short, simple and “vicarish”. As soon as I typed out Paul, the title for the next book popped into my head thanks to the week spent in Kindergarten memorizing the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The last few words say, “with liberty and justice for all.”

My husband also liked (and thankfully understood) the play on words with the double meaning of liberty. Not only is she a character, but the word is a definition. It means freedom, or freedom from external rule. When my husband first picked up the book to read it, he commented that he didn’t know how it would turn out. Either the character Liberty would end up falling for him, or Paul would gain liberty (or freedom) from the woman who hassled him so during the first book.

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