Today, I’m excited to have JQ Rose guesting on Books and Bones. She talking about names (egad! I’m horrible at those) and her brand-spanking new mystery, Coda to Murder. Take it away, JQ…
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What’s in a Name? by J.Q. Rose
March 7 is my second daughter’s birthday. Thirty years ago we had to pick out a girl’s name and a boy’s name because there were no ultrasound to discover the gender of the baby.
Choosing a name for a precious little bundle entering this world is a daunting task. Sorting through all the names you do not want is easy. Remember that girl who was your nemesis all through school? Definitely cannot name my baby Judy. How about that geeky boy who always reminded the teacher she forgot to assign us homework? Donald is definitely crossed out. How about family names? If my mom had stuck to the idea of naming me after her and my grandmother, I could have been Beulah Dorothy. Thank goodness she chose middle names instead. Janet Lee.
We chose Lee for our daughter because the name has gone through four generations. Little did I realize until her six week check-up, she could be mistaken for a boy named Lee. When the nurse called me into the doctor’s office, she asked how “he” was doing? He? I had to inform her of course that she was a girl named Lee. After that I worried about that name choice.
Choosing a title for a book is just about as harrowing as choosing a name for a kid. How do you figure out the whole story and tie it together with just the right name? Coda to Murder was nameless until I was ready to write the query letter to the publisher. I always referred to the story as Pastor Christine, the main character.
Since Pastor Christine is an accomplished organist and the person murdered in the story is the Director of Music at the church, I decided to use a musical term in the title. Crescendo? Staff line? Treble clef?
I chose Coda because, according to dictionary.com, coda means “anything that serves as a concluding part.” Murder is pretty much a concluding part or ending of life.
Since the book has been out, I feel like I made a mistake using Coda to Murder because when I say the word coda, folks not into musical terms don’t understand it and others hear it as Coded to Murder. Sigh…I felt the same way when the nurse thought Lee was a boy. I just take a deep breath and correct them.
If you are a writer, how do you choose a title for your work in progress? If you are a reader, how much does the title influence your interest into looking into a book?
TAGLINE: Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
BLURB: Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Detective Cole Stephens doesn’t want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.
Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?
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BIO- After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. Her latest mystery, Coda to Murder, was released in February. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
Connect with J.Q. Rose online at
J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/
Girls Succeed blog http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com/
Author website http://jqrose.webs.com/
J. Q. Rose Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/aeuv4m4