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The Right Side: Sneak Peek

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May 19th, 2017 Posted 8:35 am

Little P, short for Little Protector, was what Daddy called the .22. Daddy was big on protection: “It’s what we do in this family going way way back. All the way to the Civil War, both sides.” LeAnne took Little P from him, checked the safety – numero uno first goddamn thing every time, like he’d told her – then held it in the proper way, by both hands and with the muzzle pointing down at a forty-five degree angle, which was how she’d learned degrees, resulting in an A plus on the class participation half of her Exploring Science grade. Then she and her daddy walked up a long slope where some big saguaros grew, Daddy carrying the cooler. There were bullet holes in a few of those saguaros, always at the tops where the heads would be, if saguaros had heads, but she and Daddy were blameless.

“What the hell is wrong with some people?” he said.

“Does it hurt the saguaros?”

“What do think? Look at them. Those holes seem right to you?”

“No. But I meant does it give them pain?”

Daddy inclined his head toward her. He had the best face you’d ever want to see, a big rough face with watchful eyes that shone when things were going well, like now, out in the desert. “Good question,” he said.

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What’s In A Name?

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December 16th, 2016 Posted 8:33 am

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

Spencer Quinn: Um. Well, just in case curveballs are the spice of life, how about we discuss a character name from THE RIGHT SIDE, since we revealed the cover this week?

Mrs. P: Go for it!

SQ: Let’s start with LeAnne Hogan, the main character. Some names I can’t write at all, but LeAnne’s at the other end of the spectrum. It’s not a highfalutin name, but not trailer trash either. 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 herself.) As for Hogan, it’s Irish, but that wasn’t the point. I was thinking of the 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 becomes 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 … year! – for another edition of What’s In a Name!

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