Over the years I’ve had many people ask me where I get the titles for my Christian novels.
The answer to that question varies.
Most of the time I already know what the name of the book is going to be before I write it. Every once in a while I really struggle to come up with just the right name. I want to draw people in so they will read the book, maybe even give them a hint of what the book is about, and yet not give it all away. And for whatever reason, I prefer book titles that are shorter—only two or three words, if possible.
I had a tough time coming up with the title for my Contemporary Christian novel, Endless Season. None of the possible names I came up with seemed to fit what I felt to be the heart of the book. Finally, after re-reading it (for what felt like the hundredth time), I settled on that title, using something said by Jerrold—a pastor friend of one of the main characters. Jerrold says that God’s love isn’t just for one time…not just for a season…but is endless, eternal and enduring.
And as soon as I read that sentence, I knew I’d found the title.
The title for True Cover actually came from a scripture I used within the book: Psalm 61:4 “…I will trust in the cover of thy wings…”
The Whispering Sentinel was a story about a huge Norway pine that stood as a symbol of freedom, and a sign for those looking to find it. Well, the storyline wasn’t entirely about the tree, you understand. But the tree played a significant role in the heroine’s search for her past and her future. So it seemed only right that it be used in the title too.
My latest three Christian Historical novels—all part of a three-book series—were named after the women who were ancestors of Sam Morgan—my hero in the True Cover series. Mattie’s Heart was named after his great-grandmother, Clara’s Heart, named after his grandmother, and Laurie’s Heart was about his mother. So it seemed only fitting that their names be first and forefront in the titles.
The Healing Hills was a no-brainer—named after the hills/mountains that gave my heroine such comfort and peace.
So now you know a little about how some of the titles to my novels came to be. Just a glimpse into the mind of an author.
God bless—and stay tuned for more in the future.
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