Then, for years I had the working title Asphodel Meadows. I liked that one, but, no one knew what it meant. It's an obscure reference to the after life in ancient Greece. Heroes went to the Elysian Fields and evil people went to Tartarus, but those who lived a life of both good and evil went to a middle place called Asphodel Meadows. Once there, they wandered for all eternity living a bland existence. So while it fit in terms of being both good and evil, Greece has nothing to do with my characters or the setting, and none of them live a bland existence of nothingness, so in the end, it just didn't fit.
Other titles that crossed my desk but just didn't fit were: Daughter of Gods, Astral, and A cold White Moon.
Then I did some brainstorming with the words immortal and undying and found the term, Amaranthine. It's still a bit unheard of, but I think it sounds like what it means so hopefully people figure it out. I'll save you the google search and tell you right here. It means: Everlasting, undying and immortal. It's also a reference to a purple-red colour. The Amaranth flower is a mythical flower that never dies, and has purple-red blooms. In the end, I LOVE my new title. I did a quick search on it and found nothing else with that title so I am going with it. Red is a common theme in the book, and so are mythical creatures and undying people and love, so it's kinda perfect.
There are some title trends that bug me a lot. One is titles that mimic other successful books. For example, I see a lot of books with titles extremely similar to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", and I think that's just cheap. Another annoying trend are titles that are technically a long sentence. 15 words is not a title. I'm sorry ,it just isn't.
How did all of you choose your titles? Was is hard? Easy? Do you love it?
Let me know your thoughts, and see you on Friday when I post more pages from Amaranthine!