Welcome to Entitled Tuesdays where we ask authors the question: what’s in a name.
This week I welcome historical paranormal romance author M.J. Schiller.
As a writer, playing with words is sort of in my blood. I love twisting words around, matching them with odd mates, using them to create a mood, or an image, just manipulating them in general. Words are so versatile!
The very first book I wrote I titled LADY OF THE KNIGHT. Obviously I was referring to the common phrase used for a hooker or prostitute. It worked well with the material because at one point the main character gets dressed up in rather provocative clothes to seduce someone. It ends up being something she regrets. LADY OF THE KNIGHT was told in three parts, but it was much too long for a standard novel so I broke it up into three novellas, each pretty hefty in size, at the top end of word count for a novella.
The first part was titled A LEAP OF FAITH, which was appropriate because Maggie had to take a literal leap of faith and trust that Darius would catch her. But it was missing my fun knight/night wordplay. So I retitled it LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT. It still worked thematically and I got to use my homophones. The second book was titled LADY OF THE KNIGHT, so I kept it that way. And the third I kept as A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER. It is about defending Darius’ reputation and being sure that he will be remembered correctly. So now all I needed was a name for the series. It didn’t take me long to come up with the ROMANTIC KNIGHTS TRILOGY. I knew I could have fun marketing these. “In the mood for another ROMANTIC KNIGHT?” “Will memories of one Knight keep her from loving another?” “Trusting in the Knight may take a leap of faith.”
I’m almost sad that this is the end of the series. How many more night phrases could I have used?
Thanks for having me on Entitled Tuesday, Jessie. I enjoyed it! May you always be entitled to success!
Don’t Miss A Knight to Remember
She’s afraid she may never find happiness again, especially when someone seems to be targeting her loved ones.
For Orion, no other woman is like her.
So to take his mind off Maggie, he continues to investigate The Eleven. Will he find evidence to confirm his suspicion that all is not as it seems on the Grand Council?
Can Orion, Maggie and The Forgotten Ones take on The Eleven and win?
The Eleven members of the Grand Council hold all the power. Can the ragtag group Orion gathered help him to restore his Master’s good name? Or will taking the risk mean losing the people he loves? One thing’s for certain, it’s bound to be a Knight to remember.
Coming October 1, 2015, pre-order A Knight to Remember today on Amazon.