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What’s In A Name?


October 15th, 2013 Posted 9:13 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, Spence, meaning it’s time to discuss the name of a character in the Chet and Bernie series. What’s it going to be this month?

Spencer Quinn: How about Iko, the –

Ms. P: Spoiler alert!

SQ: – gator in The Sound and the Furry? Most of the story takes place in bayou country, and when we think bayous don’t we think gators pretty much first thing? So I thought Chet should encounter a gator, and why not a legendary one? The legendary ones have names, so I needed a name. Everyone knows the rousing and joyous Mardi Gras song Iko Iko, so that was a perfect non-fit. Also, I’ve always understood the word Iko as a derivative, through Creole, of the French écoute, meaning listen. Iko! Iko! – Listen! Listen! There’s a very appropriate urgency in that, as I believe Chet discovers.

Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. See you next month!

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What’s In A Name?


June 17th, 2013 Posted 7:14 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, and time for What’s In A Name, where we discuss the whys and wherefores of the names of various characters in the Chet and Bernie mysteries. Today – how about Iko, the name of a rather menacing character from the forthcoming novel The Sound and the Furry?

Spencer Quinn: Since most of the story takes place in New Orleans and bayou country, the music of Louisiana was in my mind the whole time I was writing. And everybody knows the old Mardi Gras song, Iko Iko.

Ms. P.: Which is all about revelry.

SQ: Yes.

Ms. P: While the character Iko is not about revelry.

SQ: Very much not. But I think the word Iko derives from ecoute, the French for listen, or listen up, pay attention, and when the character Iko’s on the scene, Chet learns you really do have to pay attention.

Ms. P: Or else. Thanks, Spence. The Sound and the Furry comes out Sept. 10.

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