I am currently writing a sequel to “St. Peter in Chains” and now I’m mulling over possible titles.
“St. Peter in Chains” (as a title) came to me quite unbidden; I knew what I would call the story even before I began writing it. Well, before I physically began writing it, since I wrote a lot of it in my head prior to actually typing anything.
Now, “St. Peter in Chains” is a biblical reference, certainly, and the corresponding event is the one known as “The Liberation of St. Peter,” or sometimes “The Deliverance of St. Peter.” But I’m not sure whether to keep the “St.” as part of this second title, though I’ll certainly use “Peter” in some form or fashion.
I don’t want to get too close to Anne Rice’s erotic title Beauty’s Release, so I’m shying away from anything that sounds remotely like that. I’m a bit fond of “St. Peter Set Free” because it has the same cadence as “St. Peter in Chains.” But I don’t know if that will be my final answer.
In any case, I suppose I should focus on finishing the manuscript. It’s going well, and I’m enjoying writing it. So far at least. So many readers were furious with the less-than-perfectly-happy ending of “St. Peter in Chains,” so I’m aiming to remove the ambiguity in this one. We’ll see how it goes.