Author Guest Post: Leah Cypress

Our special guest today is Leah Cypess. Leah is the author of Mistwood and her newest release, Nightspell.

Here be ghosts, the maps said, and that was all.

In this haunted kingdom, ghosts linger—not just in the deepest forests or the darkest caverns, but alongside the living, as part of a twisted palace court that revels all night and sleeps through the daylight hours.

Darri's sister was trapped in this place of fear and shadows as a child. And now Darri has a chance to save her sister . . . if she agrees to a betrothal with the prince of the dead. But nothing is simple in this eerie kingdom—not her sister, who has changed beyond recognition; not her plan, which will be thrown off track almost at once; and not the undead prince, who seems more alive than anyone else.

In a court seething with the desire for vengeance, Darri holds the key to the balance between life and death. Can her warrior heart withstand the most wrenching choice of all?

Making of Nightspell: What’s in a Title
When I sent the book currently known as NIGHTSPELL to my agent – and then my editor – it had a title: GHOSTLAND. That had been its title for the ten-plus years since I had started the book, and I was somewhat wedded to it in my mind.

Nevertheless, having gone through this process with MISTWOOD (originally known as SHIFTER) I knew the title was going to change. It wasn’t a big surprise when I was told that the marketing team thought the title was “too young” and that we should come up with something new.

“They’re right,” my husband said helpfully. “Ghostland makes me think of  'Candyland.’”

Um, thanks. Sort of.

And so the title search began. We went through so many titles that looking through the list is exhausting me even now. At one point, we thought we had settled on one, and then decided it wouldn’t work. At another point, everyone at Greenwillow liked a title that I disliked intensely (an extremely nerve-wracking situation for me, and I am very grateful that my concerns were taken seriously!)

In the end, these were the front-runners:






So, I’m curious: Which of these titles do you like best? (Or feel free to vote for GHOSTLAND. I still have a soft spot for it!)

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3 responses to “Author Guest Post: Leah Cypress

  1. Cecelia

    I like Nightfell best, but I understand why they went with Nightspell instead. Thanks for sharing the titling ‘drama!’

  2. I have to pick Nightspell – it is a title I would automatically reach for – although Ghostland would be as well. Thanks for sharing today.

  3. wow, what an iteresting process; I do like the title Nightspell the best though 🙂
    it just sounds more magical and mysterious somehow lol

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