Title for Book Three

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Rogues, by Les and Taylor Anderson

ROGUES


The title for our first book – Changers – was a natural. Here’s a little secret: it had, and still has in parts of our filing system, a working title of Levi’s Rain. I’ll probably tell more about that later, but for now it’s not important.

As Changers progressed, it became evident there are four main types of characters in the story:

  1. Changers
  2. Punks
  3. Rogues
  4. Regular People

So with Changers being the cause of all the problems, mystery, thrills and adventure in the story, Changers was a shoe-in for the title of the first book.

We chose PUNKS for the title of the second part of the story because the Punks are the driving force behind the effort to get to the bottom of the disappearances in town. Also, because Punks are pretty much fearless and don’t much care what people think. Plus, for the most part, our Punks are pretty badass.

Well, Rogues are Changers who said, “I’m tired of all the bullshit involved with being a Changer. I’m done.” So the Rogues split from the Changers and unite with the regular people and the Punks to go up against the powerful Changers organization.

The finale of the story involves Changers, Punks, Rogues and Regular People. For the title of the finale, we chose Rogues. The title, Regular People, just didn’t seem all that exciting.

Title for Book Two

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Punks - The Book

Time is on Our Side

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Time

“He heard the knock on his bedroom door on Sunday morning. His parents didn’t care that he stumbled into bed at four-twenty or so Saturday morning.” Uh what? I thought we were talking about Sunday…

We need a timeline. A physical, drawn out, organized timeline of the happenings in Changers. Too much happens in the two-and-a-half-ish months of this story to not have some kind of timeline.

When you have a story with as many elements as this one has, the days must be correct, the events must happen in the right order, and most of all, THE TIMELINE HAS TO MAKE SENSE. I’ve read too many books that don’t have a clear-cut timeline and it is so confusing.

Luckily, the writers have my help. There hasn’t been a lot to correct but so far, I think I’ve done a pretty dang good job of finding the mistakes in *continuity* (although minor, they’re extremely important).

I swear they roll their eyes a little bit every time I bring something up. They’ll thank me later.

What’s in a name?

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what's in a name

Hmm…we decided some of our names aren’t all that cool. Or they have been overused somewhere else, or they’re too old-school-sounding, or they were popular someplace else that we didn’t realize until now. Or something.

We also wanted to be sure we’re using names you can relate to, and pronounce. Regular names are good, because the Changers series is about regular people in supernatural situations. One of the pet peeves in a book is when you come across a name that you’re not sure how to pronounce. Like Aoulange, or Saint Maureiliape. In The Hunger Games, it’s pretty obvious how to pronounce Katnis. But not so with a name like Hialgney. You get the point.

Names that are out:

  • Hickey – what the heck were we thinking?
  • Maggie – old, overused.
  • Martha – old lady.
  • Georgia – old school.
  • Heliotrope – we hadn’t used this, but just sayin’.
  • Dewey – Someone reminded us that David Arquette’s name in the Scream movies is Dewey.