Mar 31, 2011

Shades of Atlantis - What does it mean?

The blog tour for Shades of Atlantis is about to begin and will include twenty blogs and prizes including books, keyrings, bookmarks and some other swag. The tour kicks off at Mundie Moms on Friday. You will find a full list of blogs taking part here

To get you in the mood, I thought I could share with you the meaning of the title. It's a question that has come up a few times. I'm sure every writer has a method for coming up with their titles. For me it is usually a slow process. In the end sometimes the reason is obvious and sometimes it's not.I think Shades of Atlantis falls into the not category.

There are a couple of meanings behind Shades of Atlantis. The supernatural beings in the book are called Guardians and Atlantis was the home of the Guardians long ago. Simple so far, right? It was the Shade part that got me thinking.

meaning 1: Shades is an old world word for ghosts. So the title becomes, Ghosts of Atlantis. Ghosts refers to ghosts of the past as in our past being something that is inescapable and must be faced.
Meaning 2: Shade as a place somewhere between light and dark.Guardians, a supernatural race of beings, were once forced to flee underground from humans, who went on to exist in the light. Shade could describe a child born of both races. 
Meaning 3: A person in the Shade can be under it's protection or it's muted light can keep that person from seeing something as clearly as it really is.

Finally meaning 4: Shades as in color. It is probably apparent to anyone who has read the book why color is important to one of the character's special gifts.

Before I sign off, I want to give a shout out to Lisa Sanchez on the release of her book, Obsessed from loose Id.


Congratulations Lisa!!!

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