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What’s In A Name?

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November 15th, 2017 Posted 8:16 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when we discuss – if we remember – a character name from Spence’s work. Pete (which is what I call Spence), you’ve mentioned that you can’t write a character until you have the name. But what about the dog in THE RIGHT SIDE?

Pete: Very astute! When the dog first appears in the story, she has no name.

Mrs. P: But did you know the name from the get-go?

Pete: I did not. In fact, not until the scene where the dog gets named – by Harvey, Marci’s first husband, who knows how to make the piercing two-fingers-in-the-mouth whistle that gets the dog to come running. LeAnne hasn’t felt the need to give the dog a name, but there’s something proper about Harvey – and he thinks one up. I was thinking it up at the same time!

Mrs. P: And you and Harvey chose Goody.

Pete: We did. It doesn’t suit her at all, but by the end of the book it couldn’t be anything else.

Mrs. P: As readers will discover. Thanks, Pete, in your Spence role. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!

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What’s In A Name?

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May 15th, 2017 Posted 8:33 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, so time for What’s In A Name, where Spence discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series.

Spencer Quinn: How about we throw a curveball and go for a name from the Bowser and Birdie middle-grade series?

Mrs. P: I understand that adults can read them too.

SQ: But only if they have fake ID. One of the important supporting characters – supporting in a highly negative way – in BOW WOW, coming May 30 – is a bull shark. I had some experience with bull sharks during my spearfishing days long ago in the Bahamas. And at last I’m getting some mileage out of it!

Mrs. P: So the bull shark in BOW WOW has a name?

SQ: Mr. Nice Guy. It seemed right.

Mrs. P: Does Bowser encounter Mr. Nice Guy one on one?

SQ: No spoilers!

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence! See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!

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What’s In A Name?

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April 20th, 2017 Posted 8:37 am

Mrs. Publicist: Whoa! We almost forgot What’s In A Name, our monthly feature where Spence discusses a name in the Chet and Bernie series. What’s it going to be?

SQ: How about we pull a little switcheroo and dip into the Bowser and Birdie middle-grade series?

Mrs. P: The one that adults can read only if they have fake ID?

SQ: Exactly. Let’s do Bowser himself, the canine narrator.

Mrs. P: But not a talking dog.

SQ: Never! The name Bowser might come for old French beau sire – fine sir – which is appropriate in the end, but what I like is the sheer energy of the name, suggestive of bounding. Also the Bow part – a name with the beginnings of a bark right in it! Bowser’s name was the first thing that came to me in the whole series.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence! See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name!

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What’s In A Name?

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January 17th, 2017 Posted 8:44 am

Mrs. Publicist: Past time for What’s In a Name, but we’ve been pushed around by the calendar.

Spencer Quinn: Love’s not time’s fool, but publishing most certainly is.

Mrs. P: Huh?

SQ: Not important. How about we look at the Boutette Brothers from THE SOUND AND THE FURRY?

Mrs. P: Frenchie Boutette is the one who hires Chet and Bernie, starts the whole ball rolling.

SQ: But his real name’s not Frenchie. As he explains, “Just my nickname out here in the west on account of coming from Louisiana and all.” His real name is Baron, and he has two equally shady brothers named Duke and Lord. There’s something aspirational going on there, crazily and unreachably aspirational, that I thought fit the setting quite well.

Mrs. P: Meaning Louisiana?

SQ: More like the feeling of Louisiana, the living myth.

Mrs. P: But there’s also a fourth brother.

SQ: Ralph. Can’t say much here without spoilers, but Ralph is very different from the others. The name is very vanilla, as though the parents had given up on aspiration by the time he came around – or somehow realized this one wasn’t going to need the boost.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence. See you February fifteenth for another edition of What’s In A Name!

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