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What’s In A Name?

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October 15th, 2018 Posted 7:55 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, so time to discuss a character name from one of the books by Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn. How about we do Arthur, who narrates half of RUFF VS. FLUFF, first in your new Queenie and Arthur series? And let me add that although it’s middle-grade, adults with fake ID can read it, too, and it’s available for preorder. Okay, Arthur – that strikes me as a somewhat different type name from Chet, narrator of the Chet and Bernie series, and even more so from Bowser, narrator of the Bowser and Birdie series.

Pete: You’re so right! First, I really can’t write a character until I have the name. Sometimes I use a fill-in name for an early chapter or two, but by then, thank the lord of fiction, the right name comes. Arthur is not an energetic dog like Chet and Bowser. He’s no athlete, not in particularly good shape, perhaps somewhat lazy. A tweed jacket, pipe-smoking type – but only metaphorically. I thought the name Arthur suggested all that. Lurking in the background, I suppose, is Arthur the elephant from the old Babar series – do little kids still read that? The point is there’s something heavy about the name, at least for me. As for Arthur’s heart – also lurking in the background is the dude who pulled the sword from the stone.

Mrs. P: Are you saying that in the end there’s something heroic about Arthur?

Pete: No spoilers!

Mrs. P: In that case, see you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name!

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Ruff vs. Fluff

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October 9th, 2018 Posted 7:53 am

Can we mention how much fun we had writing this? Nothing writes itself but this one just flew by. Sometimes you stumble into something – in this the case, that something came out of the contrasting voices – and not just voices, but you might say world views – of the narrators, Arthur the dog and Queenie the cat. Coming March 26 and available for pre-order (which we have to say according to the Publisher’s Iron-Clad Law of 1823.)

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Ruby! (More)

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October 2nd, 2018 Posted 7:22 am

The human companion of Chet’s Friend of the Month always gets to tell us a little about the new winner. Here’s Ruby HC on Ruby. Many thanks for this, Katie B. (And in accordance with international law, may we remind everyone that our next 2 books, RUFF VS. FLUFF, first in the new Queenie and Arthur middle-grade series – available to adults with fake ID – and HEART OF BARKNESS, the new Chet and Bernie novel, are now ready for preorder at all the usual sites.)

“Ruby is a one and a half year old Boston Terrier. She’s a seal color (charcoal grey) and is the little sister to two other Boston Terriers and a pit. She may be the smallest but she’s got a big attitude. She’s currently battling a major lung infection from unknown causes and if the antibiotics don’t work, she’ll need a chest tube placed and a 4 day hospitalization. Pray the meds work!”

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Unreliable Narrators, Anybody?

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September 24th, 2018 Posted 8:04 am

How about 2 for the price of one? (Coming in March – middle grade so adults will need fake ID.)

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