What is it about me and titles?

Some months ago the subtitle on my biography manuscript had to be changed (and essentially, therefore, the whole title). Someone else had beat me to The Art of the Possible for their handbook about political activism. One of the working titles attached to my young adult novel-in-progress this year was Fault Lines. And didn’t Nancy Huston beat me to it with her new novel! (Can’t wait to read it. I’m a big fan of hers.)

The current working title of my ya novel is After Ivy – BUT I found out this week that there’s a documentary film coming on TVO this month called After Thomas! (Have to watch it. It’s about a dog changing the life of a boy with autism. I have a grandson with autism and boy does he ever love our dog Keisha!)

The novel is a long way from being finished and I’m sure I’ll come up with a good title for it before it’s done. What I came up for the biography is way better than my original title. But sheesh, a person could develop a complex!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson

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