I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

Question: What’s my method for creating titles for my books?

How do I come up with titles for my books?

Like many writers — maybe most — I choose a working title to use while writing the book, one that reminds me of the theme of the book and keeps me on track. But it’s seldom the eventual title of the book.

For that final title, I keep on the lookout for a great-sounding phrase as I edit the book. When I’m done editing, I usually have a handful of phrases from the story itself, any one of which would make a good title.

Most experts on titles recommend no more than four or five words because more are difficult to fit on the cover of a book and still be easily readable. But many great books have longer titles so that’s only a guide.

Then I decide which works best. Often, I ask for help from friends and family, giving them a list of phrases and asking which would pique their interest the most.

Have you ever read a book and been taken by a phrase that you think describes the story better than the title does?

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