What’s In a Name?
Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month was yesterday, but it’s not too late for our What’s In A Name feature, where Spence and I discuss a character name from the Chet and Bernie books. I’ve just read Tail of Vengeance, the new e-story coming July 8, and I’m interested in Maxie “Auto” Bonn.
Spence: Ah. The detective Chet and Bernie deal with briefly, but crucially, in the story.
Ms. P: Yes. And who works with a dog, just as Bernie does, in this case a rather inattentive dog named Barko.
Spence: Right. At one point it occurs to Bernie that Maxie and Barko are a sort of funhouse mirror image of himself and Chet. As for the name, I stole it. There was an NFL linebacker in the ’50’s named Maxie Baughan. I just loved the name for some reason and it stuck with me. I changed Baughan to Bonn, not wanting any confusion with the former player, and Bonn being a German city must have reminded me of bahn as in autobahn, and thus the nickname – Maxie “Auto” Bonn.
Ms. P: Words can be fun! See you July 15 for another episode of What’s In A Name?
Welcome Cassie (with Don) and here they are, reading To Fetch A Thief:
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