Apparently everything. The right name will trigger an emotional response be it humour, curiosity, wonder or anticipation, and this is what you want, especially for a novel.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to rename my story. For a very long time it has been called by its working title, Highwayman, mainly because I have an interest in highwaymen, pirates, and altogether unsavoury (but fascinating) blackguards. I’m sure that I’m not alone given the reams of literature on the subject.
But my story has entered into its adulthood, and it is about more than just a highwayman. It’s about divided loyalties, sacrifice and perspective. Depending on what part of the ship you happen to be standing on, you may see a villain for a hero or a respectable man for a tyrant. And during the English Civil War, one was often mistaken for the other.
Hence the new title….drumroll please...Traitor’s Knot.
The English Civil War was a time of divided loyalties, not just between the King and his subjects or between one faction of Parliament with another, but also between families and loved ones. To one man, a traitor, to another, a hero. What a twisted knot that was.
I’d like to thank Sally Moore for helping me brainstorm this one over several glasses of wine. She really is the cleverest writer in her class.
I hope you find the new title intriguing and provocative.
Chime in and let me know what you think. I’d also be interested to know what your favourite book title is and why.