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Book Tour: Careless Whisper By: Wendi Zwaduk

Feb 17, 2011

What’s in a Name?


I wanted to thank JoJo for having me here. I love going on these tours and seeing new sites. It’s a lot of fun and I’m thrilled to be the guest.

My topic question was ‘picking a title for the story’. Ahh...simple and yet not. Titles are hard and easy to come up with. They’re easy because sometimes they just happen and fit. Other times it’s excruciatingly hard because there is more than one book out already with that title.

I have a theme in my books. They have song title names. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not to capitalize on the song. In many cases, the song the book is titled after isn’t the main song or one of the main songs on my iPod as I wrote it. For example, Careless Whisper is named after the Wham! song. But that wasn’t at all the version I had playing. I was listening to the harder, rougher, Seether version. And the actual inspiration for the book came from a Kelly Clarkson song – “Already Gone”. The hero was involved with someone else before the book and his wife tells him, ‘Look, I’m already gone’ because she’s dead. But that’s not what the hero/heroine wanted the book to be named. It was their story, not the hero and his former wife’s. So I let the story flow and the title actually came out of dialogue late in the story. Ryan mentions a careless whisper causing many of the problems.

Yeah, the little light bulb zapped over my head. Perfect!

So that one was really easy. I’ve got others that were a pain. I’ve got a WIP that will stay relegated to the WIP pile for a while. That story is actually a favorite of mine because it has a farmer in it. I love farmer tans and tractors. But ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy’ has been used—a lot. Great title, but not original. So I let the characters tell me what they wanted. To this day, they won’t stop bickering long enough to tell me what it is. I’ve tried a couple names that are farm themed, or free-spirit themed, but they don’t like them. Figures. That same story went for submission once. The original title I had ‘A Matter of Trust’ didn’t fly because it was already used at that publisher. Oh well. The story wasn’t really as ready as I had thought, so I just relegated. I’ll more than likely go back to it—one day.

I’ve also had the title come first. For example, I’ve got a story percolating that’s called “And We Danced”. Yep, I was listening to Brad Paisley, but it wasn’t the actual song that got my imagination going. It was the concept of dancing. The characters said, ‘hey, that’s how we first got over hating each other’. I know, don’t they sound fun—hating each other. It’s still in the planning stage, but that’s the title first, story later example I have.

Not the most exciting means for choosing a title, but it’s mine. I’m glad I got to stop by. Thanks JoJo. And now I have a question for the readers and authors.
 
Authors – how do you come up with titles? Any interesting stories about it?
And readers – is there a title that caught your attention, one that made you say, I have got to read this? I’d love to know about it.
 
 
 
 
 
He’s her kinkiest desire, if she’s willing to open her heart and believe in him.

The dead don’t always rest in peace. Some stick around to make the lives of the living hell on Earth. Ryan Black knows the frustration of dealing with the dead. He’s a Ghost Explorer. He’s conquered houses filled with apparitions, abandoned school buildings that house angry vermin, and managed to woo the female population of Snake Falls, Ohio. But he’s about to face his toughest challenge, convincing sceptical Samara Jacobs she not only shares his gift, but holds his heart.


Women fall at Ryan Black’s feet and Samara’s determined not to be one of the many—that is until she’s forced to work with him. He’s certain ghosts exist and willing to prove it. The more she gets to know the man behind the television persona, she decides the handsome klutz who chases things that go bump in the night isn’t so silly after all. But is he worthy of her love?



Excerpt One (PG):



“Look around at the scenery. Ohio girls are the stuff of legend. For example, Meredith has those legs a man fantasizes having wrapped around his waist.”

“Engaged.”

“Well, then there’s Caren. She’s got a nice rack and she’s single.”

“Implants.”

“Pick nits.” Eddie snorted and shook his head. “You’ll shoot down all my ideas just to be right.” He scoped the cafeteria room once more. “What about Samara? She’s cute in a girl-next-door kinda way. All peaches and cream. I’ve caught her checking you out once or twice—a day for the last year.” He pointed to Ryan. “She’d make a perfect forever girl.”

“I had my forever girl. But I could be wrong.” Samara checked him out? Hmm... Kinda nice to know the attraction wasn’t a figment of his undersexed imagination. He’d spent many a night fantasizing about her, holding her, making love to her, waking up in the morning and seeing her smile.

At her table across the room, Samara curled up in her chair, paperback book propped in one hand and concentration written on her face. From his position, he couldn’t read the title, but he’d passed her desk enough times to know she liked romance novels. In the two years he’d worked in the same building with her, he’d heard her speak a total of three times but he knew her voice like his own.

“Ryan?”

“What? I’m checking out the scenery. It’s—” he drew a breath, feeling more than the oxygen stirring something within his body. His sex drive? He shifted in his seat. Yeah, there was a definite tingle below the belt. “It’s intriguing.”






Wendi Zwaduk
 
I always dreamed of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I tend to write books with titles taken from songs because music is one of my many muses.


I earned a BA in education at Kent State university and as well as a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. I've tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart.

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I have six books under contract and more than my brain can handle percolating. I can't wait to share them with you!

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24 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

SallyS February 17, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

Hi Wendi! I add your book to my TBR list, lol. As for what in a title catches my attention, hmmm...I like to read so many different types of books...usually it is more the cover that catches my attention than the title. And also the font the title is in. A curly flowing font makes me think...ahhh...romance is in this book. I know that probably sounds silly, but what can I say? Glad you stopped at Jojo's blog. Good luck with the tour!

Mommasally :)

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

Sally - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like Careless Whisper. There's plenty of romance in this book, should be one you like. :-)

I'm a cover person. There is one model for HQN books, that has introduced me to so many new to me authors. I just can't pass him up.

Wendi

Victoria February 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

Hi Wendi -
In answer to your question there have been so many titles that grabbed my attention but it's unfair to count them as I read the authors already. Case in point: Larissa Ione's SIN UNDONE - got to love that title.
I love your cover as well as the title.
Both my youngest boys are currently at KENT. The oldest is a bio major graduating Suma Cum Laude in May and the youngest a clueless freshman.
Do you still live in Ohio?

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Stephanie_C February 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

I loved this article. I'm a sucker for songs (especially the Wham version of Careless Whisper - that sax info makes me shiver) but don't often use song titles for books. My Mum actually suggested the title for my book 'Desperate Bid', from a phrase I'd used in the story. Its working title was 'Buy Me' and I still have something of a soft spot for that title, but I think 'Desperate Bid' is more dramatic.

Stephanie

stephanie (at) stephaniecage.co.uk

Lynne Roberts February 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

Hi Wendi,

I suck at finding titles for my books. Usually, I go round and round, call friends for advice, ask my editor...

I love the title for Careless Whisper... it says so much!

Great post!

Sarah Grimm February 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

Love your title! I was going to tell you the other day on TWRP loop that every time I hear it I think of the Wham! song, but figured you didn't want to hear that. Little did I know. LOL

BTW, my sons gave me the oddest look when I told them that Seether's version was a remake, then played the original for them.

~Sarah

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

Victoria - still live in oHIo. Probably won't leave unless we get a big ole RV and lurk the nascar circuit. Got a BA in Art Ed. Loved it there, but man oh man have they expanded it since I was there.

A title that stayed with me that wasn't mine is Regularly Scheduled Life by KA Mitchell. I read the book, loved it, and thought, gee, is life ever regular? :-)

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM  

Stephanie - I'll have to keep the peepers peeled for your book. I actually got the title from listening to the Seether version over and over again. Sure, I remember when the Wham! version came out. My aunt and I used to dance to Madonna's True Blue album (remember that day long make your version of True Blue video-thon on MTV? I do). Glad you stopped by.
:-) Yeah, Desperate Bid sounds more tense.

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Lynne - Your books were some of the first Scarlet Rose books I'd ever read. Still a huge fan. :-)

Most of the time, the title choose it's self faster than I can realize it. It's nice, but can be a pain. I've had some stories that started with one title and then as they progress the title doesn't fit. Has that ever happened to anyone?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

Sarah - isn't that funny how kids don't KNOW the songs are remakes? I had a student, when I was still teaching, come to me and just rave about this new song he'd heard. "Z you have got to hear Champagne Supernova. It's like the best song ever." Uh, yeah, it's a good song. I've heard it. "No. It just came out." Oasis? "YES!!!" Sorry kid, it's like 8 years old (well, it was back in 2003). "No way." Yup.

Cracks me up to this day. He was shocked I knew all the words, too.

Thanks for liking the title. It just fit. There was another title...Already Gone...but it just didn't fit. I'm glad I went with what I did.

Thanks!!!

booklover0226 February 17, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

Hi, Wendi.

I enjoyed reading the post and the excerpt. Carless Whisper is on my "must have" list. I look forward in reading it.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM  

Thanks Tracey, glad to know it's on your must have list. :-) That made my day!

Jannine Gallant February 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM  

Hi Wendi,

Titles are great fun. I usually use a line from my book - and then discover it's also a song when I google it!

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 6:28 PM  

That's exactly what happens to me, too, Jannine. Great minds think alike.

JoJo February 17, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

Hi Wendi *Waves*
thank you for stopping by today and for this excellent post! I always wonder how authors come up with their titles. I have a habit of while reading a story trying to figure out how a title fits in to it. If i am working on a review and a key point in the story is where the title came from i like to mark it.
Im not sure if i have had 1 title stand out to me, but they do draw me in to find out what a book is about!
Thanks again, and Careless Whisper sounds fantastic!
JoJo

Wendi Zwaduk February 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM  

Thanks for having me Jojo! I've had a blast. The titles from my books always come out of the dialogue, so you can try to find it when you read Careless Whisper. I hope you like it!

Linda Morris, Romance writer February 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

A timely post for me, I'm struggling with a title now. A song ("Tell It Like It Is" by the Neville Brothers) actually does play a role in the story, but I don't know if "Tell It Like It Is" is much of a title for a romance. I'm still debating!

Wendi Zwaduk February 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

Sounds pretty good to me, Linda...hmmm....if the characters have to do as the song title says, it could work really well.

Wendi

Cathy M February 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

Hi Wendi,

It is so great getting to know you. I love the behind the scenes scoop.

As for titles, I love Kim Harrison's Hollow series and that she picked her titles from old Clint Eastwood movies.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com
caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Wendi Zwaduk February 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

Thanks Cathy. It's good to see you here. I'll have to check out the Kim Harrison titles. Sounds exciting!

winnie February 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

Thanks for the post! It was interesting to read how you came up with titles.

chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

Wendi Zwaduk February 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

Winnie - Thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked the interview. Hope you enjoy CW!

HistoricalRomanceJunkie Rita February 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

I like the title, too!
Lovely post! When I come up with titles for W.I.P's that'll never see the light of day, I useually just turn on the tv and the first pharse that catches my fancy gets written down! lol

Best of luck with the releasem would love to read!

-Rita
email:historicalromancejunkie[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Wendi Zwaduk February 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

Rita - That's an interesting way to come up with a title. Might have to try that idea. :) Hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by!

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