On the naming of books

25/05/2014 07:33

Well, I met up with Sammy, my publisher and editor, on Tuesday to go through some preperation and plans for the Green Sky series – very exciting, but very nerve-wracking as well! I will do another post with some more thoughts on the changes she’s asked me to make, but she has also asked me to rename Changing Winds 1 and 2. I’ll admit that this is fair – I have been thinking about doing it ever since I split them into two books, but simply hadn’t sat down and thought about a name, so it was just the kick I needed!


The names I have at the moment are…

– Green Sky & Sparks

– Empty Skies & Sunlight

– Salt Winds & Wandering

– Desert Sands & Silence

“Green Sky & Sparks” came out of the fact that the world has green sky – simply because I wanted to be different at some point when I origially started writing (oh, teenagers…) and it stuck. The sparks refers to the electricity, but I also realised that it could refer to the relationship between Catter and Toru, and the fact there’s a love story at the centre of the book. So it’s a nice twist. I also liked the format of duh duh-and-duh, so I kept that for the next few titles…

When looking at the rest of the titles, I liked the idea of having the first part as a description, and the second as having a double meaning. Sparks refers to the love story; empty skies & sunlight has the idea of freedom and searching for something; salt winds & wandering is again freedom, searching, salt = tears (hence the move between salt winds and salt water that you may have spotted in the early posts); the silence in DS&S is both the desert and the main characters and the diplomatic situation.

I feel rather pretentious, putting extra meanings in my titles – it smacks of the English Lit stuff of “well, this is the author’s double meaning and this is the hidden message behind the words…” which I hated. But it is there; I do like having the double meanings and ideas. So meh to English Lit.


I need two more titles. Changing Winds 1 deals with a siege; Changing Winds 2 is much more an open battle and the diplomatic consequences. I sat down and brainstormed words, and then Jon trundled in to help…

The below are directly transcribed from my scribbles:

Lonely seas – Grey Cliffs & – Dance & defences – attack / retreat – lessons – changing tides – grey seas & – shadows- games – dark lands – conquest – endless plains – divided paths – grey waves – raids – swords / steel – storms – stone


And the eventual titles that we’ve come up with…

Grey Stone & Steel

Steel – metalwork, armour, imprisoned, fighting, military

Grey – dull, trapped

Stone – fortification, defences, hard


High Flight & Flames

High flight – freedom, uncontrolled fall, leap into the unknown?, technology, planes

Flames – fighting, burning, danger


There you go! I’ll be changing the titles shortly.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.