The Title Not Meant to Be

In my last post, I promised to share the title of my upcoming middle grade novel that ultimately ended up being axed.

First, I should say that way back, in the very beginning, this book began as a short story titled The Hired Girl. Also another fun fact about this book is that I wrote that original story some time in the 90’s. A very long time ago, I know.

But all stories come about in their own time. Some take longer than others. That is the case with this book. What I can say is that I’m so pleased that I didn’t give up on it. There are reasons why this book is close to my heart and I’ll share that in another post. Today’s post is about lost titles.

So the title I gave the book when I submitted the manuscript was Winter Beech. Some of you may be familiar with winter beech and more than likely have seen them. Perhaps you didn’t give them a second thought even.

Winter Beech are small beech trees that hold their leaves all winter. While they do turn brown in the fall, these papery-thin leaves stay attached until the following spring. As a matter of fact I saw some just recently, persistent little buggers that they are. Last winter I snapped some photos of some winter beech growing on our property back when I thought this might likely to be the title–so pretty with the snow. I happen to think they’re quite lovely as does the protagonist in my book. For her, they symbolize hope and remind her of her father who died during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Nature provides us with some neat spectacles if we keep our eyes open.

In case you feel sorry for the lost winter beech title, I can assure you, I like the sparkly new title even more. There’s a book cover. FYI–it will still go through some tweaking before the book comes out. Right now my publisher needed it for the upcoming fall catalogue. I’ll be posting the cover very soon.

Enjoy your weekend and I hope wherever you are the sun is shining down on you.

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  1. You are keeping us in suspense, my friend. Winter Beech looks like a misspelling to me so I’m glad you didn’t use it. But then Winter Beach would be a totally different story. (LOL)


  2. Good job raising our curiosity about what you decided on for the final title. Looking forward to hearing more about your new book.


    • Thanks Sylvie. Nice to have you visit my blog! Let’s hope the wait is worth it. 😉


      • I just notice, I wrote “Sylvie” instead of “Sylvia.” “Sylvie” is the name of a character in this next book of mine. My fingers are apparently used to typing an “e” not and “a.”


  3. Winter beech is like the oak. The oak in my yard still has its leaves. Coincidentally, the oak leaves are one of the last to emerge in spring. I’ve had more than one person tell me in May that the tree was dead. Not so. The leaves take their good ol’ time. My oak teaches me patience, hope and enduring.

    Does the winter beech leaves emerge later than other trees and bushes? I’ve never taken note.


  4. It has only been that last ten years or so that I realized that oak leaves can also stay all winter. We don’t have any oak nearby and it was only until I working in an area where there were oak, that I saw this. My husband, of course, would have known, but it never came up in conversation. Go figure. 😉 So far as I know, the leaves on the winter beech aren’t any later than others. I do know that, we always expect to see the poplar leaves emerge first in the spring, but there have been years when this was not so. Nature can sometimes be fickle. Interesting, for those of us who take notice.

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