I was asked recently why I chose the title THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN. I carefully considered what I could divulge as the inquisitor had not yet read the book. I told him that the story itself would reveal the significance on several different levels, though I did provide a partial explanation that THE FALLEN refers to the fallen angels. Was this more a teaser than an answer? I hope so! I did, after all, want him to read the book. Still, I admitted there was more significance to the title and cover design than just a reference to the THE FALLEN angels. The butterfly was chosen specifically for the symbology regarding the freedom of flight, beauty, and transformation. The fleur di lis appears early in the story, and so on.
The heart of the question was about the use of the article THE in the title. I did consider titling the book FRUIT OF THE FALLEN. I had read somewhere that books starting with an article can get lost in the cataloguing. Then I read that the computer and the internet had changed everything. If someone wanted to find the book, it would be easily found. So the real question came to what I wanted to be the focus- the fallen or the fruit? Using the article emphasizes the significance of the FRUIT- where the real significance of the title resides. Those who have read the book will quickly understand what I mean by this.
One the most difficult, and important, steps in writing the book was choosing the right title. I hoped THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN would capture the essence of what I intended to represent and was open to discussion and interpretation.