That’s an interesting question. I am told that most authors don’t settle on a title until the book is finished. Honestly, I came up with the title when I started the novel. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. The title is a double-entendre because this thriller both takes place in business and is a murder mystery. “Terminal value” is a financial term that means the value of an asset at the end of its useful life. You’ll have to read my novel to determine what the “terminal value” of the victim is. I also found the juxtaposition of the words “terminal” and “value” intriguing – probably because it sounds vaguely sinister.
I thought it was funny that when we were designing the cover, I was told I should add “A Novel.” But if you Google “terminal value” – even at Amazon – you will understand why it was good advice.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
For writers, I would say that the most important thing I learned was to follow your instincts. I shared some of the manuscript with others and their opinions varied widely. In the end, you need to be true to yourself and produce the novel you believe in. For readers, I would urge you to consider trying out new authors and genres – they may just surprise you.
Finally, thank you for inviting me to participate in this interview and I hope the readers out there will read my novel and let me know what they think!