Your Thoughts?

Hello, friends,

Well, I’m in a bit of a quandary, and I’d like your input.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m contemplating signing up for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, and during the registration process, I have to list the title of the novel that I’ll be working on.

The next story I intend to write is a psychological thriller inspired by my daughter.  She’s currently doing quite well for herself, but in her youth and younger adulthood, she’s been with some rather unsavory characters (to say the least).

The story is about a mom who hates her daughter’s horrible boyfriends and husbands so much that she murders them and convinces the daughter that they simply left. Of course, due to the nature of the genre, there will be a few bends in the road before the huge twist ending.  😉

That said, I’m torn between two titles:

I like either

“The Assassin”


“Judge, Jury, Executioner.”

The first title has, as you can imagine, been used already — several times actually — but not in anything like this.  The second title has been used for TV episodes only.  But I don’t really care about that.  I just want what sounds the best and is most fitting for my story.

Which title do you prefer and why?  


My beautiful daughter Stefani


I Didn’t See This Coming…

This week, I’m excited to start working on the first draft of my new novel.  One of the first things I do after I map out the plot is to decide on a title.  Now, in case you don’t know, technically, you can name your book with a title that’s already been used, as long as the previously published work’s title is not trademarked.  (For example, you can’t name your book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Chicken Soup for the Soul.)  For obvious reasons, writers generally want to use an original title.  However, there are times when there’s no other title that fits as well as the one the author’s heart is set on and which may already be in use.

For example, when I researched the title for my book, The Other Sister, I found a movie with the same name which is a romantic comedy, and I found a couple of books which were romances.  I figured I was safe to go, since my story was a psychological thriller about twins, one who is kidnapped and the other who enjoys the attention she gets as she searches for her twin.  Then, just now, at this very moment, I Googled the title again, and as it turns out, only last month, another book with the same name was published about both a good and a bad sister, one of whom is kidnapped.   ARGH!  I sure didn’t see that coming when I wrote my story!

Something similar happened last year when I wrote the first draft of The Prison.  Shortly after I finished writing, a similarly titled movie, The Prisoners, came soon to a theater near me.  Of course, when that happened, I had to go see it just to make sure I didn’t need to change my title, but fortunately, that plot and mine were nothing alike.  Nonetheless, it was still frustrating and made me want to pull out my hair!  

Some women can pull off the bald look.  I am not one of them.  In fact, I can’t even pull off short hair.  Believe me when I say, it looks BAD!  A couple of years ago, I got a shoulder-length bob that I was hoping would work for me, but it only made me look like Charles Schulz’s character Peppermint Patty from Peanuts.  YIKES!  That was a very scary few months while I let it grow back. So, the point is, if something frustrates me to the point of pulling out my hair, it is a very bad thing, indeed.

The title of the book I’m starting this week is going to be The Foreboding.  I’ll wait until another time to tell you about the story.  Of course, I Googled it first, and as of right now, the only thing that shares this name is a poem by Robert Graves who died nearly three decades ago.  So for the moment, anyway, I think I’m safe.

A Bit of a Dork

I have to admit, I feel like a bit of a dork having my blog and other social network sites ready before I’ve actually published any of my work.  But, for the record, I am working diligently to change that.

I’ve completed six first draft manuscripts to date, and have notes ready to start my seventh very soon.

I’ve been researching self-publishing, and it seems like a good idea, especially in light of all the changes taking place in the literary industry, but I want to be able to at least try the more traditional route first.  So, concurrent to all I’ve said above, I’ve also contacted a couple of extremely talented artist friends about getting them to design my book covers in preparation for the self-pub route.

In the meantime, I still have several beta-readers who are reading what I’ve already written and are giving me feedback.  And at any given time of the day or night, whenever I get too caught up in writing to remember that there is a real, non-fictional world going on around me, I have my four cats and a bunny to walk across my keyboard or hop on my feet to remind me.

Coming Soon…

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Here’s where you can find out all about the new stories I’m working on, and when I finish them, the info will be here first!  Right now, I’m just in the first phase of setting up my website, but if you’ll check back soon, I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Rachel Carrera