The Renamed Trilogy

July 21st, 2013

This new trilogy is officially called the Hidden series – but it could just as well be called the Renamed series.

Ice Breaker started off as Ice Breaker, then became Frozen, then went back to Ice Breaker. Claw started off as Children of the Claw (a name that I was never wildly excited about), then shortened to just Claw. Now it has become Sunker, mainly because that fits in better with Ice Breaker and Fetcher. Who knows where they will all end up?

So – I’ve started the second draft of (ahem) Sunker. I like second drafts, because I always write a lot of rubbish in the first draft and this is where I get to clear most of it out, so you can see the good stuff underneath. It’s a bit like getting out the brushcutter and clearing the gorse and the bracken and unwanted weeds from an overgrown garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

The idea of Sunker has also changed quite a bit. Originally I was going to write three novels that were connected, but were about different characters. But it was too hard to leave Petrel and Fin behind – the main characters from Book 1. So now they’re in the second book as well, and they’re also going to be in the third book, which everyone who has read the first book (namely my agent and my publishers – and me of course!) is pleased about.

Meanwhile, it is bucketing with rain in Lauderdale. I went for a walk very early this morning and got caught in it, which was rather fun, so now my clothes are drying in front of the fire, as is Harry-le-beau, who came inside and tried to jump up on my lap. Apart from the smell of wet cat, which now fills the house, I’m very pleased about the rain. It has been dry here for far too long.

24 thoughts on “The Renamed Trilogy

  1. Io says:

    Wow. I didn’t think titles need to change that much. But first impressions always count…don’t they?

    1. Lian says:

      Yes, I think they do, Io. The title is very important. I don’t usually have as much trouble with them as this!

      1. Kaelyn says:

        Do authors have to come up with the titles?

        1. Lian says:

          Yes and no, Kaelyn. ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be a bit weird to send a manuscript to a publisher without a title, so the author always has SOME sort of title. But if the publisher doesn’t like tit, they will consult with the author to come up with a new one. And also if the marketing department don’t like it – which has now happened to the title of the second book, which we thought was going to be called ‘Sunker’. The marketing department didn’t like that at all – thought it’d be too hard to sell – so now the second book is nameless and we are all thinking hard – me AND the publishers!

          1. Io says:


          2. Lian says:

            And *sigh*.

  2. Io says:

    I mean…Oh Columbia’s Sister! That is a lot of renaming! I think you should call it the Renamed Trilogy. But it won’t be catchy. I still CANNOT even breath! I NEED to read Ice Breaker! It is a part of my LIFE! Not really but still! I can’t wait any longer…
    *sniff sniff*

    1. Lian says:

      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Io says:

    That’s exactly the same reaction I got when my Dad bought a book online and it took 2 weeks! But…it finally came. So ya…I kinda overreacted…ha ha ha…

  4. Io says:

    I couldn’t hear Jess over the crowd so I thought she said, โ€œWould you like to have a hug?.โ€
    And I said, โ€œEr…I really don’t know you well enough.โ€
    She looked at me weirdly.
    So I smiled at her and patted her head like he was a dog. I really donโ€™t know why I did that.
    Then I thought she said, โ€œAre you sure you donโ€™t want a hug?โ€
    I said, โ€œYup.โ€ And patted her head again.
    I must be a dog patter when I grow up. Or a human patter.

    “But their your favorite. Are you really sure you don’t want a Sour bug?”


    Do you want a Sour bug?

    I don’t know you that well.

    Now she knows NEVER to give me Sour Bugs again. And I don’t know her that well.

    1. Lian says:

      It’s way too early in the morning to be laughing this much …

  5. Io says:

    Jess wouldn’t talk to me the next day. VERY embarrassing.

  6. Chelsie says:

    I am soooooooooooooooo excited I can’t wait for icebreaker!!!!! I wish I could jump in a time machine and go forward in time to when the book is finally out so I don’t have to wait as long……I could try. Maybe:(

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Chelsie, a time machine would be handy for hurrying things up, wouldn’t it. And then you could go BACK in time to when you hadn’t read it, and read it for the first time all over again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Io says:

    Great idea Chelsie! Like Doctor Who! But his one is a bit different.

  8. Io says:

    Is there going to be a game for ‘The Path of Beasts’?

    1. Lian says:

      Unfortunately not, Io.

  9. Io says:

    ๐Ÿ™ That’s too bad. I was actually looking forward to a game.

  10. gabi says:

    lian i have been waiting so long to read your books but some hoe i do not under stand it:(

    1. Lian says:

      Maybe you’re still just a teensy bit young for the Keepers, Gabi? I know that it’s very disappointing to read a book that you don’t understand. I suggest you put it aside for a while, then come back to it in six months or so.

  11. gabi says:

    oh wrong spelling how

  12. Io says:

    Oh Gabi.
    I told you to read it in Grade 4! I read it in Grade 5.
    And you didn’t tell me you even posted something on here. You are deep trouble young lady, deep trouble.

    1. Lian says:


      Aah, sisters …

  13. Io says:

    Just kidding! ๐Ÿ˜€

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