The first book in the Autumn Brody series, Change Of Season, was named after a Matthew Good band song. The reasons were two-fold: not only did it capture the main character’s emotional state at the start of the book, but the title itself held a layered meaning for her journey. The season at the heart of the story undergoes a change.
When I realized that I wanted to write a second book and create a series, I mulled the title for several weeks. With only a loose plot idea to guide me, I was at a loss. I knew I wanted to name it after a song. Beyond that…
My first approach was looking for song titles that referenced seasons, thinking I would be oh-so-clever and bind the series in that fashion. Some of the rejected titles have been set aside for possible book three titles. None of them seemed right for this story.
This is where the wealth of music trivia rattling in my skull came in handy.
I’d gone on a Whitney Houston run after chatting about The Bodyguard on Twitter. This sent me down a soundtrack rabbit hole and further, into the depths of Wikipedia. Knowing that the new book featured a stalking element, I jotted notes about characters referencing the Costner-Houston film. Which they do, in abundance.