Name that book – I need your help!

Sunday November 15 2009 2:19 pm | Comments (2)

It is often difficult to decide on the perfect name for your manuscript. One that will make the reader understand what the book is about and want to buy it just because of the title. Rarely is this possible.

So I’m praying today about what to call the young adult book I’m writing with my son Gabe. This book will tell of his triumphant life as he has learned to overcome the challenges of living wth short arms and crooked legs and a 45% hearing loss.

Many of the questions have been asked over the years.  We also have some “never been asked” questions that came in from a survey I sent out. We got some really good responses.  I will definitely include them in our list of questions.

I’m contemplating changing the title to “Just Ask Me” with a subtitle that will give the reader an idea that these are questions about Gabe but they related to all of us. This fits well with the YouTube video our son Zane did as a school project.  Here is what I’ve come up with so far.

Just Ask Me!

1 About my body and how it works
2 About my activities – school – band- sports
3 About my attitude or philosophy of life
4 About my hopes and dreams

Hey Mommy, is that boy a T-Rex?

Did you ever wear a prosthetic arm?

What is that thing on your head?

Do you have any pain?

How do you go to the bathroom?

Do you ever get embarrassed because of your body?

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Do your parents and siblings have disabilities too?

Did your parents treat you different than your brother?

Did you ever fight with your parents or brother?

Do you hate your parents because you have a disability?

Are you mad at God?

Do you ever feel guilty because of the challenges for your family because of your disability?

What do you do if someone stares at you?

How fast is your wheelchair?

Why do you drive your wheelchair with your feet? 

Do you sleep in your wheelchair? 

Have you ever been teased? 

Do you have friends? 

Do you have a girlfriend? 

Have you ever had a “crush” on someone? 

Do you hate your parents because you have a disability? 

Can you tell me what to do because I’ve never taught someone like you before? 

Why don’t you wear shoes in church? 

How do you play basketball? 

How do you play baseball? 

How did you learn how to drum? 

How did you get on The Oprah Winfrey Show? 

Was Oprah nice? 

How did you get to throw out the first pitch at the Mariner game? 

Was Cal Ripken nice? 

What can your service dog Ruth do for you? 

Are you happy? 

How do you stay positive? 

What are you afraid of? 

What are you studying in college? 

Can you drive?

How do you get in the car? 

How do you get in your house? 

What are some of the insights you’ve gained about people from dealing with your disability? 

What are some of the insights you’ve gained about yourself from dealing with your disability? 

What are some strengths you have developed as a result of your disability? 

As you have grown have there been certain ages of your peers where they have been especially helpful and kind or, less patient and considerate? 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20? 

How have your feelings for, and questions about, God changed through the years?  

What are some of the humorous stories you could share about life with your particular disability? 

Do you have relationships with other people your age with the same disability – a support group? 

What would you like others to know / understand about you? 

Do you have some words of wisdom for others?

How is it shopping for clothing?

 Is it hard to find things that fit? 

Do you get things tailor made? 

Do you get cold in the winter wearing no shoes? 

How do you reach for things way up high? 

What is your biggest struggle, the hardest thing you have to face?

 Are you driving? How do you do that? 

What’s the one thing you would like to tell the world about you? 

Do you remember the moment when you realized that your body was different than that of others?  How old were  you?  How did you feel? (scared? helpless? angry? never thought about it until someone pointed it out?

Did you ever feel angry with God or your parents?  If so, how did that angry transform into love and forgiveness?

What are some of the things people have said to you, your parents or your friends?

Comments and ideas are needed! Please leave a comment if you have an idea for a title!  This is turning out to be a really fun project!



  1. Comment by Bernice Schick — November 15, 2009 @ 2:41 pm


    What are Gabes thoughts for a book title? “Just Ask Me” as a title isnt enough to draw someone to the book. People seem to be drawn to the unusual. I liked your description of Gabe challenges of living with short arms and crooked legs. How about this as a title, “Short Arms & Crooked Legs” ~~ The challenges & obstacles of being different.

    I think the title draws people to the unusual arms/legs things but also draws people in with the “being different” aspect which everyone can relate to in one way or another.

    Good luck with the book, I am looking forward to reading it. I have always admired you as a mother to Gabe & Zane and how they have both grown into such wonderful adults/young adults.

  2. Comment by gigi — December 10, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    Great ideas Bernice. Right now our working title is “Growing Up Gabe – Touching Lives with my Three-inch Arms” – totally subject to change – but I agree that the mention of his arms draws attention to the situation. Stay tuned! Thanks. Gigi

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