Getting a book out isn’t an easy process. After you’ve done it enough times the mechanical process isn’t that hard, but the emotional process…and the creative decisions you make as an author…is always difficult.
It was that way with my new release, YOUNG, HUNG, AND HITCHED. The original title was GONE WITH A WINK. I posted about it here. I wrote the book with this title, GONE WITH A WINK, in mind and it wasn’t easy when I decided to change it at the last minute.
In short, this is a book about a young gay couple who are getting married in spite of the fact they aren’t legally allowed to marry, taking a trip halfway across country to begin new lives in New Orleans with a huge silver trailer, and fighting demons from the past because one of the characters was a refugee during the Katrina floods. The last place this character wants to be is New Orleans. He’s knows what it’s like when his entire life is “Gone With A Wink.” The reason they are hauling the huge trailer is because he wants that security in case he has to leave New Orleans again. But he’s moving there anyway because his partner is offered a wonderful job. It’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make for the love of his life, which to me is what it’s all about.
The title YOUNG, HUNG AND HITCHED, is campy, sexy, and it suggests erotica. It’s as fun as it is trite. I still like it for these reasons…and this book isn’t pg rated and there is plenty of erotica. But the erotica in this particular book is far less important than the emotion these two characters share. And I think if I could do it again, the title would have been as planned: GONE WITH A WINK.