Guest Post by the Talented Megan O’Russell.

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As an author I spend a lot of time alone with my laptop, pondering words. Choosing exactly the right word for a sentence can be a time consuming and maddening endeavor. Did his lips brush gently against her hair? Did he kiss her tenderly on the forehead? The actual actions are fairly similar, but the words read so differently.

And even harder than the words chosen for descriptions are the characters’ names.

The Siren’s Realm is the second book in The Tethering Series. The series is about magic, danger, and most of all a boy who loves a girl. Choosing the name for the girl was so stressful! I wanted something timeless, but with meaning. I ended up with Emilia Gray. A girl trapped at the center of a war she wants nothing to do with. The girl so loved by Jacob Evans.

Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind… The war has begun.  The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

Then I came to the spell language of the books. With the help of my wonderful husband, I created a spell language based on Latin roots. Inluesco creates a sphere of light. Pelluere heals minor wounds.

Then came the naming of the chapters, which was personally my favorite part. Do you choose a phrase from the chapter or a significant event? Do you choose a little teaser to get the reader to devour just one more chapter before bed?

Then came the naming of the books. Finding a title that will allow a Google search to actually find your book is a herculean feat.

It’s a time consuming process, which to me is more challenging than plotting the entire story. But after much deliberating and editing, I don’t think I could find another name for Emilia or Jacob. Or another title for The Siren’s Realm.

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5 responses to “Guest Post by the Talented Megan O’Russell.

  1. Pingback: Madness and Maps | Megan O'Russell

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