I need to come up with a title for my book. Pretty much now.
As regular readers know, I’ve written a contemporary retelling of “The Snow Queen.” It takes place in Minneapolis in the present day, and also the magical fairy tale woods place that exists within it. You know. Plus there’s the lair of the Snow Queen. It’s, of course, tropical.
I was calling it The Snow Queen. I know it’s a bit of a stretch. But the book is actually really far away from the fairy tale now, and retellings don’t tend to keep the name of the tale anyway. I need to change it.
I hate titles. I’m terrible at them. I had to retitle the third book in my trilogy. It went from The Promethean Flame to The Immortal Fire. This took me a year.
My goals are simple: I want something that doesn’t immediately make someone go, “Huh?” I want something that could not possibly be used for a mass market adult mystery/romance set in Minnesota. I want something that doesn’t sound like a fantasy taking place in some barren realm where it’s always winter until some girl/boy comes and through the warmth of his/her heart causes the whole place to thaw and then spring bursts forth from the deadlands like that one planet after the Genesis thingy landed on it and then Spock died.
This cuts out a lot.
My bookshelves taunt me. A Wrinkle in Time. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankeweiler. E.L. Konigsburg, now, that chick can title.
Anybody? I think The Wrath of Khan is taken.