Sunday, June 3, 2012


I've never really had difficulty coming up with titles for my work, but The Refugee (a working title) is driving me mad.  For years I've been trying to think up a better one, and I've decided that the best route would be to pull a line from Dante's Inferno--like Steinbeck took The Grapes of Wrath from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Hemingway took The Sun Also Rises from Ecclesiastes.

But it's not as easy as I expected.  Most every line I consider sounds like the title of a sappy romance, not a time travel thriller.  Like "Breathe with the Soul".  Great title--for a romance.

Some others I've considered:

  • Honorable Enterprise
  • The Deep and Savage Road
  • Smoke on Air
  • Runs among the Lost
Right now, I'm torn between Honorable Enterprise and Runs among the Lost...But I don't really like either of them.  At all, actually.

Oh well.  In the words of Scarlett O'Hara, "I'll think about that tomorrow."  (I just finished Gone with the Wind, and I'm still on a reading high).

Speaking of book titles, this is awesome:  I especially like the last one :)


  1. I've been thinking on this problem of yours, because I do so love this story, so I plucked a few lines from Dante's Inferno to give you more title ideas you can either use or pitch...

    Desire to Return

    Pass Among Lost Souls

    But Here Await Me

    For I Will Not Leave Thee

  2. Thanks for the help! Though these would all be great titles, I'm afraid that they sound like the titles of romance novels...A problem I've had as well.