Sunday, November 6, 2011

How Tears of Crimson Got The Name

This may sound like a no-brainer but the truth behind the Tears of Crimson name will probably surprise you.  If you think about vampires you'll probably have blood pop into your mind and Crimson sounds like a great color for blood.  That would be a logical conclusion on how I chose the name, but I've never been much for logic.

For those of you who don't know I'm from Alabama.  And not just Alabama, but a small town that barely registers on the map.  My husband is a huge football fan, and yes you guessed it , he loves the Crimson Tide.  We were sitting down during one of the few quiet moments we have together and he was discussing his favorite subject, football.  My mind was clouded with my favorite topic, vampires.  One of the chapters I was writing that week was about my character crying over her loss of innocence.  Tears of Crimson just seemed to fit for the title.

Let me bring this out in the open since most of you have never met my husband.  He's the type of man that relates to what he can see or to put it in one word, reality.  Vampires obviously don't make it high up on his list of things he enjoys talking about.  Okay, if I'm being honest it's the last thing he wants to talk about.  Imagine Stan from Family Guy and you've got a pretty good comparison on how he thinks.

So its with not some small bit of humor that he is partially responsible for naming my book series when he's never going to relate to it.  Maybe, and just maybe, if I write a series about football, fishing, or hunting and include a vampire plot he'll change his mind.  I sincerely doubt it though.

You might be asking yourself how a vampire lover made a match with a conservative realist?  The truth is he grounds me.  He helps me keep my feet on the ground even when my mind is floating above the clouds.  No we don't see eye to eye on most things, but we can normally come to a mutual agreement.  He doesn't interfere with my vampire obsession and I don't complain much when football season begins.

So there you have it.  Tears of Crimson didn't get its name the normal way.  Is there a normal way to come up with a book title?  By the way, LSU just beat Alabama and I equate LSU with New Orleans and of course New Orleans with vampires.  Hmm... does that mean the vampires might win out in the end?  I can't answer that question but I'll be using it against my husband if he ever asks me to write Children's books again!

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