When I started writing Just Breathe, I didn’t know what the title would be. I tossed around idea after idea and knew I didn’t have the right one. After I finished writing it, I realized the answer was staring at me the whole time.
The Earthen Witch universe might be adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but in the end, the characters are what drive the story. They are flawed, they experience some significant lessons we face every single day.
The themes underlying my books are significant. And there are many people that relate to those themes. One of the biggest themes is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The condition is very real, and many people do not realize that anyone can have it. It’s not just soldiers that have returned from war.
When someone is dealing with this condition, life is not easy. Sometimes, it’s really damn hard.
There are common phrases in this book that directly refer to PTSD, and happened to be useful in a few other areas. These phrases hold significance to the main characters.
Just breathe was said often, in different applications. There was a pattern to them, however. It was all about calming down. Centering the self. And being in the moment.
I can’t begin to describe how those two words are like a lifeline to me sometimes. For someone experiencing that sensation of a flashback coming. For someone just so overwhelmed that they can’t figure out what to do next.
That’s when it’s needed.
Those two words.
When you’re spiraling out of control, those words can be a lifeline.
As soon as I recognized their inherent repetition, and their context, I knew. That was it.
That was the title.
And that’s what I’ve used as the basis. If there’s a significant phrase that ties into a theme, that’s going to be the title.
Think about that when you see the titles. You might be surprised what you’ll learn about life.
Until next time,