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What’s In A Name?


December 15th, 2018 Posted 8:34 am

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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