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What’s In A Name


August 24th, 2023 Posted 7:46 am

Mrs. Publicist: We haven’t played What’s In A Name in a while – other than the amazing posts about the Plansky family! – where Pete (aka Spence) discusses a character name from somewhere in his work. I’m wondering about Dame Ariadne Carlisle, who plays a leading role in Up On The Woof Top, the next Chet and Bernie novel.
Pete: Well, Dame Ariadne Carlisle is the author of a hugely popular series of Christmas mysteries, all of which take place in the imaginary Cotswold village of Potherington. Carlisle is a very old and snazzy British name of Celtic origin. Ariadne is also kind of fancy pants and I’m a fan of those Greek names where the final e is sounded – Chloe, Daphne, Zoe, etc. Dame is a British honorific equivalent to a knighthood.
Mrs. Publicist: Wasn’t Agatha Christie a dame?
Pete: Most certainly. In Up On The Woof Top we learn that Dame Ariadne has written 99 books in the series, but is stuck on #100.
Mrs. Publicist: Don’t tell me that Bernie takes a swing at novel writing.
Pete: OK.
Mrs. Publicist: And that brings us to the end of this episode of What’s In A Name. May I remind readers that pub date is October 17 and that we, the publishers, welcome preorders? It’s in my job description.

What’s In A Name?


May 25th, 2023 Posted 11:32 am

Ms. Publicist: Hi, Pete! We haven’t done What’s In A Name in way too long. You’ve often mentioned you can’t write a character until you have the name. True?
Pete: Mostly!
Ms. P: I’m interested in Dragomir, the powerful and dangerous Romanian fellow in Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge – which I urge readers to preorder. Go on. I’ll wait.
Pete: Ha ha. I wish I had that particular faculty of yours. As for Dragomir, I’d heard the name, suggestive of both dragons and Dracula, so I was on board from the start. Then I looked it up and it means something like a guy to whom peace is precious. So the name itself is like a mini mini ironic short story, and off I went.
Ms. P: Thanks, Pete. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!
(and thanks mlaiuppa for the funny dad comment yesterday)

What’s In A Name?


November 15th, 2022 Posted 7:42 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, Pete, so it’s time for What’s In A Name, where you discuss a character name from your work. Ever since I saw that Stephen King called Mrs. Plansky – the main character in Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge, coming July 25 but ahem! now available for pre-order – “a terrific character” – I’ve been wondering about her name.

Pete: Ah! You’ve opened a big subject! Her first name is Loretta, by the way, but in the text it’s always Mrs. Plansky did this or Mrs. Plansky said that. The decision behind this – really so important – was not made. It just happened. In many ways the character was born in the name. As I’ve said ad nauseam I really can’t write a character until I know the name, but that got taken up a notch with Mrs. P. As for the Plansky and Loretta parts, can we get to them next month? A delivery seems to have arrived and the dogs, Pearl and Dottie, seem to be incensed.

Ms. P: See you then, for more on Mrs. P. Plus there are other names in Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge, like the very scary Uncle Dragomir, I’d like to get to.



What’s In A Name?


October 15th, 2022 Posted 7:55 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, and therefore time for What’s In A Name, where Pete discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. What’ll it be, Pete?

Pete: Well, since we mentioned Santa 365 this week –

Ms. Publicist: The C&B e-short! Never too soon to think about the holidays, in my opinion!

Pete: My thought exactly. So how about Elrood the Elf from Santa 365, a somewhat shifty Santa’s helper? “Elrood” sounds a bit like someone out of Tolkien, except slightly distorted in a funhouse mirror way.

Ms. Publicist: And it has “rude” in it!

Pete: You’re getting the hang of this! And “el” is Spanish for “the.” So it’s sort of “the rude one”, but let’s not push it that far. The point is, just from the name, we suspect trickiness in the offing.

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


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