Swoon Author Nikki Katz: STRINGS Has a Shiny New Title!

I'm a little bit obsessed with titles for my manuscripts. Sometimes they change during the writing process, but I usually try to have something that represents the novel before I start writing. Even if it's just one word (in fact it's almost always just one word)! 

Thus Strings. Actually my title for a while was Severed Strings. And then I cut it down to Severed. And then Strings. But really, it just never quite set the tone for the novel. And the Swoon Reads team agreed. They came to me and asked for some other possible alternate titles. I jotted down a list of about 12 ideas that popped in my head or were lines actually in the novel. 

They reviewed the suggestions and immediately agreed on one. And without further ado...

Strings shall forever more be known as The Midnight Dance!

I love it! It reflects so much more of the story. It sets a dark undertone for an activity that is typically light, and this novel definitely has some darker themes. Also, the story begins with rehearsal for the upcoming spring gala dance performance, and builds up to that event. And I chose midnight because it is often used in fairy tales as a time of renewal and change. My main character absolutely goes through that journey. 

Anyway, I hope you all love the title equally as much as I do and I can't wait to share more of the book!

Come back tomorrow for cover voting!

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Nikki Katz

Nikki is the author of The Midnight Dance, her debut young adult novel, replete with magical realism and Gothic settings. …

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