Posts Tagged ‘Lotty Pilgrim’

What’s In A Name?


January 12th, 2021 Posted 8:37 am

Mrs. Publicist: Hi, there, Pete! Haven’t seen you in a while and we haven’t done What’s In A Name in ages, where Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, sometimes a Chet and Bernie. I know character names are important to you, Pete. You’ve said you can’t write a character until the right name comes to you.

Pete: I’ll stick by that. One other thing – only characters who speak at least one word get a name. With rare exceptions.

Mrs. P: Such as?

Pete: A corpse.

Mrs. P: So what’ll it be today?

Pete: How about we take a look at Lotty Pilgrim, one of the central characters in Heart of Barkness, a –

Mrs. P: Now available in paperback!

Pete: – has-been or never-was country music singer. Lotty seemed like one of those names that hearkens back – kind of an echo of Dottie, as in the great Dottie West. As for Pilgrim, it more than hints at the wandering minstrel, and there are echoes of the old country song I Am A Pilgrim, recorded many times but never more beautifully than by the Byrds on their Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. I hear you thinking: Pilgrim? Maybe too on the nose? But we’re talking country music! That gives us a license to be on the nose. The famous Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard said country music was three chords and the truth.

Mrs. P: And as readers may not know, Lotty sings a Song For Chet. We’ll post it in a day or two, but meanwhile it’s on iTunes etc. and there’s a video on youtube. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!



Pub Day


August 4th, 2020 Posted 7:56 am

Today is pub day for the paperback of Heart of Barkness, the Chet and Bernie novel before Of Mutts and Men. (The C&B series can be read in any order.) Here’s a little something from the book that has “day” in it, although not “pub.”

“What was he looking for?” Bernie said. “And did he find it?”

I had no answers, didn’t even know who “he” was. Bernie gazed at the walls. They were hung with posters, all of them showing a blond woman, usually dressed like a cowgirl, sometimes standing before a mic, sometimes playing a guitar. I came very close to recognizing her! “Old Lotty Pilgrim concert posters,” Bernie said. Of course! And I’d practically gotten there by myself. My mind wasn’t quite on fire, but almost. I was having a very good day.


Mother’s Day Special (More)


May 8th, 2020 Posted 10:25 am

There’s a Mother’s Day Special on Heart of Barkness, the most recent C&B novel: the eBook is $2.99 until May 10. Lotty Pilgrim, one of the main characters, is a down-on-her-luck country singer whose relationship with her daughter is important to the story. Toward the end, she writes and performs Song For Chet. Here it is:


Mother’s Day Special!


May 4th, 2020 Posted 7:27 am

My excellent publisher announces a Mother’s Day Special! From today until May 10, Heart of Barkness, the most recent C&B, can be had in eBook form for $2.99! Here is where that mattress guy would interrupt his own commercial and say $2.99 several times. But what I’ll say is that the Lotty Pilgrim character in the story might appeal to a lot of moms.


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