Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stalking Mary?

In the comments to my 'Identity Crisis' post, I received this intriguing suggestion from Anonymous:

How about "..?...Mary" As its all about Mary is she" Screaming Mary" or Sad Mary...Happy Mary...Silent Mary...Whisperer Mary...Spirited Mary? Just a few ideas. 

This idea really caught my attention. I like the concept, especially as it could make titling all future books easier. I'm not sure how well it works, but I like the idea. And scarily enough, it wouldn't be that hard to change the title to Stalking Shadows to Stalking Mary. I've even updated the cover I was working on to reflect this idea.

The third book would then be called Broken Mary and all future books would have Mary's name in them in someway. I don't know if I'm abusing Mary's name then or if it works for a series titling idea.

I've placed a small poll up top to let people weigh in if they like, or you're welcome to leave me a comment. I like this idea, but I don't know if anyone else will. Let me know? Thanks!


JuleeAnn said...

I like the idea of having a running theme for the book titles. I feel like it would make it somewhat easier to put the books in order. Also, considering all the books will have to do with Mary, it just makes sense to me. :)

In the end, it's all up to you. It is your book series after all.

Anonymous said...

I also am in favor of a running theme in the book titles. But as JulieAnn said, it's your series so if you believe it'll work for you then go for it.

BTW, I REALLY like the revised Book 2 cover.

Sarah Pauley said...

I like the idea, but I'm not really sure about putting her name in the title of everyone. It would seem a lot since you already have "Mary" on the books anyway in the "Book (insert number) in the Scary Mary Series". That's just my opinion though :)

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Sarah,

I'd rename the series the Mary Hellick Series. I think it might be better. Not sure.

Thanks JulieAnn and Anon. I'm still liking the idea.

Thanks everyone for voting so far and please keep doing so. I got the first proof back and woo boy, do I need to do some edits. I think I'm going to have to get rid of the fancy stuff on the back and spine. It did not turn out well at all.

Yuuko Kichimoto said...

Friggin' LOOOOVE your book "Scary Mary". I just finished reading it. I've never laughed so much in my life and that was an AWESOME book! I soo look forward to reading the rest of the series. Best of luck to you hun. I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do. Oh and I noticed your a WriMo! Woohoo!!!!

S.A. Hunter said...


Welcome and thank you! Yes, I enjoy the month long annual insanity of nanowrimo. We have a pair of really great MLs in my town who organize a ton of write-ins and other events to keep us motivated. Hope you like Stalking Shadows and Broken Spirits is coming soon!

Shaun Duffy said...

Yeah I enjoyed the book it was well written, humorous and spooky!I like the characters especially chowder! Congrats and good luck on the rest of your series. I personally would leave it as Scary Mary as its catchy and works! Stalking and broken Mary aren't as strong or catchy! Keep Marys character a little odd, edgy and scary (to other kids her age) and your on to a winner!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Shaun! :-)