Striking a Difference in Psychological Series
I like titles to have some ambiguity. I like to be intrigued. This means striking a difference from what is current, a choice against marketing advice,. This would be to choose something in close kinship to top-rated novels in your genre. So I should go for “The Neighbour’s Husband” or “His Secret Wife” or “The Family that Never Was”, but I haven’t.
To use this title style would be to give away the plot of my series. “Uncommon Relations” describes it well, for the relations Terry, my main cahracter has and the relationships explored within the series are uncommon. From the start, Terry’s wife has an uncommon reaction to his exciting news. He has an uncommon experience: sighting his double when he is squashed up on a metro train during his morning commute. And as the plot continues, the title comes even more into play.
There aren’t many psychological series. This is because the architecture of the psychological thriller is to rise to a climax with twists and turns, one final twist concluding the story.
In writing a psychological series, i have had to strike a difference in this format. Whereas psychological thrillers and domestic dramas may use one or two perspectives, for instance, in Gone Girl where the reader swings from sitting in the head, even heart, of husband and then wife, I have delved into multiple perspectives as the series has developed.
This tends to alter the genre from psychological thriller to psychological literary fiction. That is, one person’s story develops into exploring themes such as Identity, Personal Responsibility, Ethical Disclosure and so on. I hae indicated this by the second part of each title which asks a question. As one of my reviewers stated “It made me examine my own conscience.” Essentially, what would you do if in the said character’s situation?
I am currently writing Book or Part Four of the series, Parts One and Two being published on all platforms, ebook and print, and Part Three up for pre-order on Kindle. This last diverts from Terry’s point of view to show him from someone else’s perspective. I enjoyed writing other characters’ take on him, deliberately choosing some minor characters and placing them on the spot.