Saturday Morning Coffee


August 19th, 2017 Posted 8:15 am

When Spence (Pete) puts his feet up.

I’ve always loved writing minor characters. It’s kind of a guilty pleasure – you can really let loose, in a way. Mr. Adelson, LeAnne’s high school track coach in THE RIGHT SIDE, is an example. During the story, she remembers him saying, “Morons make the same mistake twice and smart people make new ones.” That remark or apercu of his just popped out from nowhere – but lately I’ve been using it as a lens directed at recent events.




August 18th, 2017 Posted 8:40 am

His mugshot and the story behind it (hat tip – Frank R.).


Judge Judy and The Nation Within


August 17th, 2017 Posted 8:36 am


What’s In A Name?


August 16th, 2017 Posted 8:19 am

Mrs. Publicist: Uh-oh. Yesterday was the fifteenth, our normal spot for What’s In A Name, where Spence discusses a character name from one of his books. How about we do it today, flexibility being the spice of life?

Spencer Quinn: I’m all for that, especially since flexibility seems like a dying trait in our land these days. How about we do LeAnne Hogan, main character in THE RIGHT SIDE?

Mrs. P: Go for it!

SQ: Some names I can’t write at all, so I have to wait for the right name to come along, and her name was a real blessing. LeAnne Hogan is not a highfalutin name, but neither is it trailer trash. There’s no-nonsense mixed with a bit of the exotic, even some musicality, which really helped me define the character. (In a book I wrote called THEIR WILDEST DREAMS, there’s a teenager named Lianne – she helpfully wrote much of her scenes herself.) As for Hogan, it’s Irish, but that wasn’t the point. I was thinking of those Navajo hogans, so enduring, of the earth itself. Also LeAnne comes from that part of the country. The reader doesn’t need to know any of this, of course, but her name became part of the spirit of the book.

Mrs. P: Does that happen with a character name in every story?

SQ: I – and I’m sure lots of other writers – wish.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence! See you next month for another edition of What’s In a Name!

TRS Harlan Coben quote


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