Saturday, September 25, 2010

Choosing A Title For Your Wonderful Novel . . .

Do you choose a title for a book before you write it, during the process or after you write “The End”? I never know the title of my WIP until I’m almost finished. Once or twice the title came to me while poring over my research documents. That’s how I chose the title Where The Rain Is Made, and believe me, many have asked what the title means. I’m about to tell you . . .

You can probably tell by the cover that the main theme of Where The Rain Is Made is Native American (well that, and romance). I delved into mounds of research about the Cheyenne while writing the book and it was a fascinating journey. There was no such word as heaven in their vocabulary. They called the place where the rain is made.

The hero in the book, Meko, is a shapeshifter. He has the ability to morph into a raven. Of course, birds spend a great deal of their life above or below the clouds. It seemed only natural that Meko would soar toward where the rain is made after his transformations.

So unlike our modern beliefs and customs, the Cheyenne had many intriguing customs. For instance, when a Dog Soldier died he wasn’t buried on a platform or placed into a tree like the others of the tribe. He was left on the prairie for his brothers, the animals, to feast upon.

When a young person in the tribe died, the People left food outside his lodge for many months. They believed he wasn’t prepared for his death journey and wanted to make sure he didn’t go hungry while he lingered between this world and the next. If the food was gone in the morning, they were convinced the dead spirit ate it (not the hungry camp dogs).

Completing a book is immensely satisfying, but I thoroughly enjoy what I learn along the way. Sometimes I enjoy it too much. I’m one of those who can spend hours surfing the net for information and pretty soon I have twelve windows open and forgot what I intended to look for when I started out.

Here’s to learning and research. I hope your next WIP takes you on an enthralling adventure.

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If you'd like to know more about Where The Rain Is Made, you can read the first two chapters here:

An Erotic Paranormal
Keta Diablo

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A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal savages. What she doesn't count on is the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum in Washington, D.C. . . . most of the time. But when he travels through time to help his beloved People, he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains, the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.

Their worlds are decades apart, yet Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight, but none more crucial than capturing Cesca’s heart forever.

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1 comment:

Savanna Kougar said...

Keta, I adore your title: WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE.

What a fascinating and wonderful journey. I know what you mean. It's easy to get lost in the research.