“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Wasn’t Shakespeare so wise? I love this quote, but when it comes to naming a book, it isn’t quite so simple. Throughout the process of writing my book, the document I typed it in was titled ‘Story’. I was sure that as the story progressed something magical would happen and the perfect title would just pop into my head. But by the time I reached the end, I still had no idea what to call my story. I wrote a list of potential names and asked my friends and family for their opinions, but none of them seemed quite right. After a while, I settled on the title, ‘Climbing Trees’, and that’s the one I used when submitting for publication. In the story there is a fun tree incident that ties my main characters together, and I used a theme along the lines of ‘the higher the climb the harder the fall’. It seemed right at the time.
When my editor suggested a few months ago that I reconsider the title, I went into panic mode. I had thought the stress of coming up with a title was over. Climbing Trees didn’t capture the essence of the story, and I knew it, so it was back to the drawing board.
After brainstorming with my friend Katelynn for hours, we still had nothing. At the last minute, I threw out ‘Mischief and Manners.’ The next day I suggested it to my editor, and she loved it. My mom suggested changing the spelling to ‘Manors’ rather than ‘Manners’, and the rest is history. 🙂
Kellaway Manor is the beautiful house that most of the story takes place at, and every single character has a bit of ripe mischief up their sleeve. Two mischievous little boys, a meddlesome grandmother, a flirtatious gentleman, and a trespassing stranger complete the circle.
The title seems perfect now, and I am so grateful for all the help I had with deciding on one…finally.