Monday, March 16, 2009

On The Outside: Garret Freymann-Weyr

Today we have the lovely and sweet Garret Freymann-Weyr discussing how the title for her newest book, After The Moment, came to be After the Moment will be release in hardback come May 18. Garret has written five YA novels, and a few others. You can visit Garret at her website. (Sorry, this is late! Also, Google Readers, you might have to come to the blog to read it.)

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I am one of those people who does not judge a book by its cover, but can pretty much be persuaded to buy a novel through some mystical combination of the title and the first few pages.

Now (as a writer) I like to think that I do a fairly good job when it comes to writing the first few pages. But, and there is no pretty way to put this, I suck at titles. As I am working on a book all through the first, seventh and seventeenth drafts (I live for revision – it’s fun!), I always have a title that I love and find brilliant, but that in my heart of hearts I know will not make it.

This book was no exception. After The Moment, a novel about Leigh Hunter and his love affair with Maia Moreland began its life as The Dark Son. I thought this was perfect. Leigh’s mother writes romance novels for a living and both Maia and Leigh’s sister, Millie, are voracious romance readers. In fact, Millie is even writing a romance novel based on Leigh and Maia. It is called The Duke’s Dark Son. I thought The Dark Son would be a great reference to how Leigh and Maia’s love affair does not end on the “happily ever after” note of a romance novel. It also, I believed, echoed how Leigh felt about himself by the end of his time in Calvert Park, where he had lived with his father’s family for six months and also where he met Maia. Many things happen in the novel that Leigh doesn’t feel he handled perfectly.

My editor, who is a tactful, gentle soul, said that while she didn’t love the title The Dark Son, she wasn’t dead set against it either. And then she said, “The thing is that while this is Leigh’s story, the novel is about more than Leigh.” And so, while I was revising one last time, I let her comment float around my head.

At one point, Leigh observes that romance novels “all end on moments which are certain and right. In these stories, the hero and heroine, even before their moment arrives, are full of qualities that can only be described as right. As good.” My novel is about what happens when a romantic love hits a moment that is neither certain or right. I found my new title, and it is my fervent hope that it will echo resonate for readers as much, if not more, than my now discarded title once did for me.

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Thanks Garret!

The winner of the signed copy of The September Sisters is Simply_Megan. Congrats Megan, you shall get an email from Jillian soon!

If any author wants more details on how you can do an On The Outside post with me, please email me at kels.m.17@gmail.com with On The Outside in the subject line and I'll get to you immediately with the details!

k.

13 comments:

  1. OH i love that!!! The book looks even better to me now.

    I love the title and the whole explanations for it. I can imagine how hard it is to pick a title since I have to make titles for my art work constantly and i suck at it. I named my last work "Bird" ahahhaha i wasn't feeling original taht day i guess. It's probably ten times harder for a whole work of fiction.

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  2. I'm glad she shared why she'd name it "The Dark Son" but I think I would've been a bit confused later as I read the book; I definitely didn't first think of that story line when I read "The Dark Son." Then again that can also be a good thing, throw off the reader and surprise them in a good way.
    I actually like "After the Moment" a lot better and now I'd love to read the book.

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  3. great guest post and i think the cover of this book is really lovely!

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  4. I like the cover!! Its green - my favorite color!!!!

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