What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: 15th of the month – when Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) talks about a character name or two from one of his novels. Got anything from RUFF VS. FLUFF, which will be your next published book? Which, I should point out, is middle-grade although adults with fake ID can read it. Those in need of fake ID please meet me being the 7 Eleven after this is over.

Pete: Well, how about the eleven-year-old twins from the book, Harmony and Bro, since they’re the leading human characters in the story?

Mrs. P: The leading animal characters being the narrators, Queenie and Arthur.

Pete: Exactly.

Mrs. P: Two narrators and twin main characters – do I see a pattern?

Pete: There are certainly patterns in my work, some even intentional. Anyway, Harmony and Bro obviously aren’t identical twins, but fraternal. In fact, Harmony’s a year ahead in school, a source of endless frustration to Bro. Her name just popped into my head. It seemed absolutely right to me. Ideas coming out of nowhere – that’s always been the very best thing about this job. For the other twin, I knew I needed something contrasting. He’s the brother. Hmm. How about Bro? I liked it! And right away I knew that hidden in his bro-ness was something surprisingly sensitive. Also – Bro wouldn’t be his real name, just the name everyone calls him. Therefore he had to have a reason for avoiding his real name. The threads of story started their weaving.

Mrs. P: What’s Bro’s real name? Why doesn’t he like it?

Pete: The answers are in the book!

Mrs. P: Now available for preorder, which is my job to say. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name, and happy holidays!


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14 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. B.Stover
    9:11 am on December 15th, 2018

    Interesting and I like both names.

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:31 am on December 15th, 2018

    Morning to B and all.
    What a fun “what’s in a name?”
    Happy weekend everyone.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:48 am on December 15th, 2018


    OFA certainly likes to tease us!

    Doing some mall walking for last minute gifts. Yeep!

    Good day to all!

  4. dawson
    3:32 pm on December 15th, 2018

    What reason does Bro have for avoiding his real name?
    Male names that start with “Bro”:
    Broadus Broc Brock Brockton Brodee Broden Broder Broderick Brodie Brody Brogan Brokos Brolin Broly Brom Bron Bronc Bronislaw Bronson
    Bronwyn Bronx Bronze Brook Brooker Brooklyn Brooks Brown Browning

    A possibility Bro’s name might match Harmony’s name – like Bliss, or Melody or something. That would be a good reason to avoid the use of your name if you were a young lad!

    Looking forward to reading the book!

  5. Hobbitz
    5:28 pm on December 15th, 2018

    I like the way Dawson thinks.

    17″ of snow this week. A kind neighbor used his snowblower on my driveway and sidewalk three times this week. It was more than enough for me to keep up with Sadie’s deck.

    Sadie broke trail during our walk today. She would not be a good lead dog because he kept heading off trail following a scent. We were both tired when we got home.

    Today I am in the mood to clean and pick up. “Strike while the iron is hot” is my motto. Especially appropriate because I am having to iron clothes stacked up in a chair for a few days. The top layer is going back in the washer due to cats sleeping on the laundry even though they have countless other places to sleep. Kats!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:17 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Tree-less!…sniff!…My friend still hasn’t put up the little Christmas Tree. Or the outside lights on the little hedge. I’m starting to get worrit we won’t have any decorations this year….grump!…I think she is fed up with a lot of things which are outta her control and not feeling in the Christmas Spirit…bah humbug!…She needs to give her head a good shake and get on with it by golly…sniffle!snort!…And she better remember my long Christmas list I put under her pillow a month ago…gruffle!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Hobbit!…We had a 55 degree Spring-like sunny day here today!…snort!…And I relished it after November being sooo very cold…chuffle!

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:29 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Like Rio, we here in this neck of the woods had a temp of 57 degrees today.

    Dawson: I like the way you think too. Maybe Bro’s real name is Sue, like the Johnny Cash song. THAT would be a real good reason not to use his first name! :^)

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:54 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Names!…If those parents were weird enough to call one twin Harmony, then I suspect the other normal twins name is something like “Peace”. Peace Bro!…heh!heh!

  10. Hobbitz
    7:46 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Rio: I have not yet decorated as I have been doing too much lately but I still have hopes to do a little bit. I advise your friend to keep it simple and stay away from relatives. Bar the door if you must.

    I am way behind in sending out Christmas cards which I actually enjoy doing. I usually compose a letter throughout the year and then after Thanksgiving I sit down, edit the letter and start doing cards. However, Thanksgiving came early this year and then I discovered that I must have written a Christmas letter in my mind because there is not one on my computer. GAH! This is a note of warning to those Plunderers who are on my Christmas list (some of youse I don’t have addresses for). You will be in my heart and in my thoughts on Christmas day even if you do not receive a card from me.

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Hobbit!…Good advice…snort!…Cards are next on our list of to-doz after all the other stuff…yeeep!

  12. BooBear
    8:11 pm on December 15th, 2018

    RIO! Always put up some kind of Christmas tree! Mom over does the decorating and the tree is always last (something about cats and ornaments??). But she says the house doesn’t feel finished without the tree. Eventually, she may scale back on some of the decorations but she will always have the tree.

  13. Ole Doc and Wee Nigdl
    8:16 pm on December 15th, 2018

    We wish we could say that Belle Starr held back on decorating us for Christmas.

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:30 pm on December 15th, 2018

    Boo!…I hear it on good authority that Tree Decorating is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon…snort!snort! …And maybe even the outside lights if we here can find them…yorkel!

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