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What’s In A Name?

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August 15th, 2018 Posted 8:28 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and therefore time for What’s In A Name, where Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) discusses a character name from one of his books. What’ll it be this time, Pete?

Pete: How about Queenie from RUFF VS. FLUFF?

Mrs. P: Great! First I should explain that RUFF VS. FLUFF is the first in the new Queenie and Arthur middle-grade series. Adults may read them, but only with fake ID. (To get your fake ID come to the alley behind my office building after hours.) Pub date is March 26, 2019. Available now for pre-order – then you don’t have to worry! And now – Queenie.

Pete: Queenie handles half the narration in the series. Arthur does the other half. Arthur’s a dog, Queenie a cat. You never want to be too on-the-nose with a name, but … “Queenie” came to me right away and felt inevitable.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! 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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July 19th, 2018 Posted 9:48 am

Mrs. Publicist: Whoa! Past the time in the month where Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) and I discuss a character name from one of his novels. How about Queenie, who handles half the narration of RUFF VS. FLUFF, first in the new Queenie and Arthur middle-grade series?

Pete: First, may I say adults with fake ID can also read the series, coming in March 2019? For fake ID, please contact the appropriate bot. As for Queenie’s name: Every morning she sips up some fresh cream from a white, gold-bordered China saucer (served by Bertha, the cook at the struggling Blackberry Hill Inn in Vermont). What else to call her but Queenie? The name was the very first thing that came to me when I began dreaming up the series.

Mrs. P: Is it true that one day there’s a bit of a problem with the cream?

Pete: Shh! That’s in book 2. We’re not there yet.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name. Maybe a character from THE RIGHT SIDE? Goody, perhaps?

Pete: Perhaps!

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What’s In A Name?

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June 16th, 2018 Posted 8:31 am

Mrs. Publicist: Welcome – a day late – to our regular monthly feature, where the writer discusses a character name from one of his books. Hi, Pete – or Spence, as some think of you – I know you have a new series coming, told from alternating points of view, one being that of Arthur, a dog, and the other that of Queenie, a … cat? Is that true?

Peter Abrahams: If anything is, yes, it’s true. For what it’s worth, I don’t think I’ve ever had quite as much fun writing a book as I did on RUFF VS. FLUFF, volume one of the new Queenie and Arthur series.

Mrs. P: Middle-grade but adults with fake ID can read them, too?

Pete: According to a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court.

Mrs. P: You’ve never done cat narration before.

Pete: So therefore – why not?

Mrs. P: You’ve said you can’t write a character until you have the exact right name. How long did it take to come up with Queenie?

Pete: I was lucky. The name was the very first thing that came to me, after the idea for the book itself. Like the first car on the train, after the engine.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name. But I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention that RUFF VS. FLUFF by Spencer Quinn is now available for pre-order from all the usual places. Two unreliable narrators for the price of one!

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What’s In A Name?

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May 16th, 2018 Posted 8:07 am

Mrs. Publicist: We should have done this yesterday, but no worries. This isn’t brain surgery.

Peter Abrahams (Spencer Quinn): People always use that expression, but is it actually harder than, say, hand surgery?

Mrs. P: You and I wouldn’t know. What character name should we do today? I was wondering about Corporal Luke Crannack in THE RIGHT SIDE. A basically comic figure, I would say, until that last scene in Afghanistan, when we see something of his depth – and even sweetness.

PA: Ah, I’m afraid that name is an example of me having fun at work. I liked the sound of the ┬áname of course – all those hard C’s and K’s – a sort of tiny sound poem, perhaps a bit like weaponry. But the name was inspired by Lucas Cranach the Elder, the fifteenth century master and one of my favorites. The college I went to is known for strength of its art department and I took a lot of art courses way back when. As for any connection between Corporal Crannack and Cranach the artist – zip.

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

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