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What’s In A Name?

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May 17th, 2016 Posted 9:04 am

Mrs. Publicist: Well, we’re a bit past the fifteenth of the month, but since we’re here, how about another episode of What’s In A Name – where Spence discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. Can we do Shooter, Spence? Some readers asked.

Spencer Quinn: Why not? The moment Chet heard she-barking in DOG ON IT, Shooter’s existence was determined, even if I didn’t know it at the time. But grasping these possibilities is the novelist’s job.

Mrs. P: So at the end of DOG ON IT, when Chet jumps the gate at the back of their place on Mesquite Road … ?

SQ: Exactly. Although we don’t actually see the resulting puppy and learn his name until book 4, THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Shooter finally plays a big role in book 8, SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY.

Mrs. P: Those scenes where Chet is held captive and Shooter –

SQ: No spoilers! As for the name, you know I (along with C&B) like country music. The late Waylon Jennings, a great country singer and a member of the outlaw faction (along with Willie and Merle), named his son Shooter. I liked that outlaw part – the fact that it’s an in-your-face type of name. The character was all laid out for me right there.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence. See you June 15 for another episode of What’s In A Name!

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