I was using the working title, Daughter of the Wind and Waves, for the novel, which I liked, but wasn’t totally committed to… and then I saw this.
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This is the memorial erected in the Tower of London to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on the Tower Green’s scaffold.
Around its base is carved a poem, written by the sculptor, Brian Catling:
Gentle visitor pause awhile,
where you stand death cut away the light of many days.
Here jewelled names were broken from the vivid thread of life,
may they rest in peace while we walk the generations
around their strife and courage
under these restless skies.
When I read that last line, I knew I had my title. It was like falling in love, having an epiphany, being thunderstruck… I got goosebumps. I still do, every time I read that poem.