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Tabago by Constance Gillam

Tabago is the smaller of the two islands of Trinidad and Tabago. The island is just north of Trinidad and both are outside the Atlantic hurricane belt. Since the two islands are tropical, there are only two seasons: dry and wet. Jim (hubby) and I were there in the wet season, but saw very little rain.   […]

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Walt Mussell - September 19, 2014 - 7:56 am

Why won’t they let pictures be taken? It’s not like flash bulbs would be going off and harm the cocoa plant.

Maxine Davis - September 19, 2014 - 8:47 am

Connie, Tabago, sounds fascinating and laid back and a mic place to visit. Their picture of the Cocoa plant is beautiful.

Pam Asberry - September 19, 2014 - 8:52 am

I have never visited either of those islands but they sound amazing. Now I think I need to go find some chocolate…

Marilyn Baron - September 19, 2014 - 9:34 am

Connie,

It sounds wonderful. The thing that surprised me most was the picture of the cocoa plant. I had no idea that’s what a cocoa plant looked like just that I love cocoa/chocolate.

I think it’s neat that they use other trees to protect it.

Connie Gillam - September 19, 2014 - 9:52 am

I loved the peacefulness of this cocoas estate. The cocoa pods mature at different rates so there wasn’t the hustle and bustle you’d find with a grape harvest.

This particular plantation resembled an English garden. There were large walking paths and on either side of these paths the cocoa trees were planted. Surrounding the young cocoa plants were taller fruit trees. The manager of the estate had small vegetable gardens planted through out the estate and a gazebo at the end of each path that looked out over the whole plantation.

Piper - September 19, 2014 - 9:57 am

Thank you for showing Tabago as a separate entity from Trinidad! I’m always running them together and thinking of them that way! The visit to the cocoa plantation was fascinating as well.

Coming Out Of Hiding

By Pam Asberry Since my break-up in June, life has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. One minute I’m telling my friends I’m OVER it, confident that I am better off single; hours later, I am sobbing into my pillow, despairing that I will ever find love again. Of course people deal with […]

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Walt Mussell - September 18, 2014 - 6:47 am

Pam, I can’t comprehend what you’re enduring at this moment, but I do pray for you.

As for derailing my public pursuits, I think I run into things that sideline me for a while (two months is my longest time), but it’s nothing like what you’ve been through.

Maxine Davis - September 18, 2014 - 8:28 am

Pam, I know you ae a strong person and you WILL get through this. Yes, it is easy to get side-tracked. I have been for a while, but we all have low moments, then we ge up and all is better. Good luck.

Connie Gillam - September 18, 2014 - 9:48 am

Pam-

When I lost my mother, I lost my creative side. I didn’t write anything new for almost a year. And when I did write, I thought it was dribble. It’s been three years, I’m writing but nothing like I did before she died.

Grieving is a healing process. It takes time. Heal first and don’t worry about finding someone to love. Love yourself and in time, when you least expect it love will show up. And when you find it again, take it slow.

Marilyn Baron - September 18, 2014 - 9:58 am

I’m sorry you are going through this difficult time. In my case, when I lost my brother, I began to write more because I realized how short life was.

I hope to see you at the Georgia Romance Writers meeting this Saturday.

Pam Asberry - September 18, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Thanks for your encouragement and support everybody. I hope to see you all at the meeting Saturday!

Carol Burnside - September 18, 2014 - 4:41 pm

I’ll be at a writing retreat here in Arkansas this weekend, but I hope you make it to the GRW meeting, Pam. Those meetings used to do wonders for my writing life.

As for derails, I’ve had my share. I dare anyone to keep up with a writing schedule when you’re moving across several states, selling one house and settling into/redecorating another. Yeah, that times three. The writing dwindled.

Then 2010 slammed into me. Three deaths in my family within 6 weeks (niece, bro & mom) after two prolonged illnesses, hubby retired, we moved, hubby began a consulting business, and my sister had a health scare. Somewhere in all that, I sold a book and that kept me limping along, even though I felt zombie-like inside for ages. I still haven’t fully returned to “normal” from that whammy.

My advice? Don’t indulge in moping, but be kind to yourself when you truly feel you’re reaching the end of your rope. Refill your personal and creative wells and accept all well-meaning hugs. :-)

Piper - September 18, 2014 - 8:05 pm

I’m praying for you too, Pam. I’m sorry that you are going through a difficult time. I agree with Carol and Connie though–Love yourself, be kind to yourself and refill the well. Place yourself first. And don’t feel guilty about it. :)

Pam Asberry - September 18, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Are you going to be at M&M, Carol? If so, I’m looking forward to collecting a few hugs from YOU!

Pam Asberry - September 18, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Thanks, Piper. Like self-pity, guilt is a waste of energy. :-)

Carol Burnside - September 19, 2014 - 2:36 am

Yes, ma’am. I’ll be there. Looking forward to seeing you and all the PFHT crew.

Welcome Award-Winning Author, PATY JAGER !

MOTHER NATURE WEATHER WOMAN by Paty Jager Do you watch TV to learn about the weather? I do part of the time and usually the weather forecasters are wrong, but if I go by the clouds or lack thereof hanging on the Cascade Mountain range I can pretty much tell what kind of weather we’ll […]

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Marilyn Baron - September 17, 2014 - 12:17 am

Great post. Your trilogy sounds wonderful. I enjoyed the information about predicting the weather.

sandra Elzie - September 17, 2014 - 6:22 am

I’m facinated with the ways to tell the weather. We were in South Dakota last summer and I’m ready to go back. Loved it.

Best of luck on your trilogy and future books.

Maxine Davis - September 17, 2014 - 8:46 am

Paty, I enjoyed the post very much. I love books that have Native American information and stories. I look forward to the trilogy.

Pam Asberry - September 17, 2014 - 9:50 am

Interesting stuff, Paty! And your trilogy sounds great. Thanks for blogging with us today! Continued success!

Connie Gillam - September 17, 2014 - 10:40 am

Paty-

You have a very intriguing trilogy. I’ll definitely check them out. I also write about Native Americans, so it’s always nice to find other authors with the same interest.

Walt Mussell - September 17, 2014 - 8:46 pm

I used to live in Oregon (in a Portland suburb). I only got to eastern Oregon once. It’s a beautiful area. I wish I could go back again.

I’ve read about the history of Nez Perce, particularly Chief Joseph. However, I don’t remember weather coming up in the stuff I’ve read.

Carol Burnside - September 17, 2014 - 10:58 pm

What interesting tidbits! Love the blue in your covers.

Piper - September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Such interesting information and the covers are lovely. I look forward to reading these!

New book release and more coming!

by Carol Burnside Most of you know that one of my favorite places to go is the beach. I’ve always loved the tropics, but an eighteen month stay in Hawaii cemented my love of tropical living. When dreaming up new story ideas, I kept thinking of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and other places I’ve visited. Cancun, […]

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[…] blogging at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales today about my release this Friday, SUNSET BEACH SIZZLE. It’s an erotic romance novella set […]

Marilyn Baron - September 16, 2014 - 6:28 am

Carol,
I am so impressed with what you’ve been doing. A great new series and a short story collection. Very innovative. Congratulations. And what better backdrop to feature than the beach?

Carol Burnside - September 16, 2014 - 7:19 am

Thanks, Marilyn. I know you love beach living too.

I’ve got a stand alone novel coming out in November as well. Then I’ve got to get to writing like crazy to have something to release in 2015.

Connie Gillam - September 16, 2014 - 9:36 am

Carol, you’re sizzling. I’m impressed with what you done so far this year. You’re my idol. LOL

Maxine Davis - September 16, 2014 - 10:29 am

Geez, Carol, I am so sorry. Is there a way to take off the above comment so I can put it on yesterday”s? You apparently have no problem with titles and covers. Either would get me to buy the book – and I will. It also sounds wonderful.

Pam Asberry - September 16, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Sounds awesome! It’s going to be hard to wait until Friday!

Carol Burnside - September 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Thanks, Connie. Most of this year’s work was already written, so it was just (JUST, LOL) editing, covers, uploading, etc.

Carol Burnside - September 16, 2014 - 3:11 pm

I deleted it, Maxine. There’s no way to transfer it. You’ll have to rewrite to Connie’s post. Sorry!

Carol Burnside - September 16, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Sorry, Pam. Well, not really. Hee!

Piper - September 16, 2014 - 5:51 pm

The cover is lovely! Looking forward to reading it. Congrats to you Carol!

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - September 16, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Thanks, Piper. :-D

Walt Mussell - September 16, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Carol,

Alright. You were stuck in Hawaii for 18 months. Rough life.

Congrats on your next release. I’m certain it will do well!

Carol Burnside - September 16, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Yeah, yeah, Walt. I hear the violins playing. LOL!

Thanks on the congrats. Fingers crossed and all that.

Maxine Davis - September 16, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Thank you Carol for deleting it.

Mary Preston - September 17, 2014 - 5:22 am

Already on my wish list. Sounds fantastic.

sandra Elzie - September 17, 2014 - 6:20 am

Sorry I’m late but wanted to congratulate you on your new release and wish you the best in sales and upcoming books.

Carol Burnside - September 17, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Thanks, Mary!

Carol Burnside - September 17, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Aw, that’s sweet, Sandy. Thank you!

Carol Burnside - September 21, 2014 - 1:22 am

Congrats, Mary! You’ve won a copy of Sunset Beach Sizzle. I’ll be in touch via e-mail. :-)

What’s in a Title?

As some of you might know, I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to find a title for my historical novella. In the past titles have sprung up from my manuscripts without prompting. This time I’ve petitioned my critique partners, Facebook friends and strangers on the street for a title without success. The story is a […]

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Marilyn Baron - September 15, 2014 - 3:59 am

In reading your blurb for the new book, a title popped out at me that was right there. How about…,
Love Among the Sioux.

Connie Gillam - September 15, 2014 - 8:58 am

That’s a great title, Marilyn, but the fate of my main character is uncertain until the last third of the book when she’s traded to the Sioux.
Your suggested title gives away her fate and I wanted to keep the reader guessing.

Pam Asberry - September 15, 2014 - 9:15 am

Maybe you could go for something “parallel” to “Lakota Dreaming.” Like “Lakota Longing.” Just a thought…

Susan Carlisle - September 15, 2014 - 10:10 am

Connie,
Sadly I don’t get to pick my titles. Sometimes I get a good one and other times not as much. I think titles are important. It tells the reader what the book is about. It is the first hook the reader gets. I love yours.

Atalie Andressen - September 15, 2014 - 10:53 am

My first book set in New Orleans seemed a no brainier since my favorite time is after dark when the city really comes alive. The second book is about the seduction she has that draws people in.
As a reader, a title as to grab my attention right away. If the blurb is good that too may entice me to buy it.

Constance Gillam - September 15, 2014 - 11:37 am

Pam-

As I mentioned in response to Marilyn’s post, my character has no clue what her fate is. She doesn’t get to the Lakota people until the last half of the book. But I do like Lakota Longing.

Constance Gillam - September 15, 2014 - 11:39 am

Susan-

The plus of self-publishing is you get to pick your own titles, book covers, etc. The negative of self-publishing is you pick your own titles but there isn’t enough input from others to make the process painless.

Constance Gillam - September 15, 2014 - 11:41 am

I agree with you, Atalie. The title draws the reader in and makes them take a longer look at your book.
My previous titles have also been no brainers.

Piper - September 16, 2014 - 5:55 pm

I usually start with titles, Connie so I’m of no help. I do agree with Marilyn that it should be connected to Lakota somehow. Thinking….

Maxine Davis - September 16, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Connie, I need lessons desperately. So far my unpub book titles are Mountain Book, W. Vir. Book, Wyoming Book, Italy Book – you ge the picture. Love your title, Lakota Dreaming. Best of luck.

sandra Elzie - September 17, 2014 - 6:18 am

Late to the party….. I think titles are very important…I usually come up with a working title right away…sometimes I keep it, and other times while writing I get an inspiration.

Trinidad and Tabago by Constance Gillam

Okay, so no one guessed the location of that beautiful picture I posted last Friday. It was Marracas Bay in Trinidad. Trinidad and Tabago are the southern most Caribbean islands before South America. They are situated seven miles off the north east coast of Venezuela. For those of you who don’t know, my hubby is […]

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Piper - September 12, 2014 - 9:51 am

Looks lovely! I can’t wait to hear more about it, Connie!

Sia Huff - September 12, 2014 - 10:08 am

Wow, Connie, all the way by Venezuela. You were in the South Hemisphere during their winter (summer here), was it cold? Or because of being an island, not so much? Clothes indicate you were in warm weather.
Congrats on your hubby’s retirement.

Marilyn Baron - September 12, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Wow. I never would have guessed. One of my clients had a power plant there but I never got to visit. I did get to go Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands for them. Can’t wait to hear more.

Connie Gillam - September 12, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Thanks for commenting, Piper, Sia and Marilyn.

Sia, it was extremely hot, but by 4pm there would be a drop of at least 15 degrees and by 6pm it would be dark.

Carol Burnside - September 12, 2014 - 4:56 pm

How fun, Connie! I hope you took lots of pictures and notes so you can use the location as a setting in a future book.

Maxine Davis - September 12, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Connie, Sounds great – except for the chaperone part. Had my fill of thaat many years ago. I bet it was a fantastic place, and I look forward to learning more and seeing pictures.

Walt Mussell - September 12, 2014 - 6:38 pm

That was not anywhere close to what I was thinking. I’ve been to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, but that’s it for me in the Caribbean.

sandra Elzie - September 17, 2014 - 6:14 am

connie,
Bummer…but it is a very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing with us this month.

What’s in a name?

  By Piper Huguley Recently an editor sent out a tweet that said that a hard to pronounce name can ruin books for some readers and that it’s better to have a boring name than an annoying one.Seeing this tweet made me wonder about how tolerant some people are in reading about characters of different […]

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Sandy Elzie - September 11, 2014 - 5:58 am

I find it easier to read…and maybe relate…when I can readily pronounce and recognize the name. Since I write hearth & home type family stories, that’s the feel I want my readers to get, so I stick to the more traditional American-type names. (Since I sell books overseas, I wonder how they feel about my “traditional names”???)

I’ve read books about other countries or characters from other countries and if the name is really unusual to my ear, I find myself skipping over the name (much like the students). I don’t think the reader feels as close to these characters.

Sandy Elzie - September 11, 2014 - 6:02 am

You know Piper, I used to work with a man from Nigeria who had a long name that a lot of us found difficult to pronounce. He shortened it to a nickname. (The first 4 letters of the name) Maybe if authors introduced the character and then had him/her suggest a shortened version, a nickname, it would avoid the whole issue and readers couldl still feel close to and connect with the characters.

Maxine Davis - September 11, 2014 - 8:57 am

Hi Piper, I enjoyed your post. I must admit, when I read a book with unfamiliar names, I try my best to pronounce them–once or twice, then immediately give them nicknames–the firt letters of their name or a variance. It slows my reading to have to stop every time and pronounce the unfamiliar. I have often wondered, should I be so lucky to sell in another country, how they would pronounce my characters’ names.

Susan Carlisle - September 11, 2014 - 9:03 am

My name is a pen name but my real name also. My middle name is Carlisle. I have written a nonfiction book about WWII a think my real name is too dull or not educated enough sounding so I’m going to have another pen name. In my case I thing it will really matter.
On the other side my editor for romance questioned why I wanted to use a pen name.

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 10:01 am

Sandy,

These are naming conventions that we as authors have to keep in mind for the comfort of our readers–shorter names that are less “difficult”. In life at schools I’ve taught where there are students with names that are more difficult, I am reminded that those names are meaningful in some way in the family. As a storyteller, I’m very often attracted to what the story is in the name, and there often is one. For me, when I find out the story of the name, I try harder to say it–even as I and they know–it will be changed elsewhere.

Thanks for stopping by!

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 10:04 am

Hi Maxine,

We don’t want readers slowing down for any reason. This is why, I think, naming historical characters is easier. The names were more simplistic and easier to use, even the biblical ones. We are getting closer as a planet, however, and your question is certainly a valid one. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - September 11, 2014 - 10:09 am

Susan,

Wow! I admire that you are able to keep all of those names straight! I’m not sure what you mean by “educated enough” about a name, though. That’s the first time I’ve heard that description applied to a name. Thank you for stopping by.

Unoma Nwankwor - September 11, 2014 - 10:12 am

Thank you for this post. Im glad to see not everyone thinks like that editor. As an American born Nigerian, I have found my self using my “English” name at work so it wont be “murdered”. However when I wanted to launch my writing career I started to use my native name. Which is my first name. All the characters in my books have African names as well. So far my readership doesnt have a problem. For which Im glad…I have readers who send me emails asking what the names mean and I also make it a point to explain the name in my writing. Point of note though, if there was a foreign name I couldnt pronounce as a reader, it would NEVER take away from me enjoying the story.
I personally, I think that if the person is a celeb, more effort would be made in trying to pronounce the name.

Piper Huguley - September 11, 2014 - 10:17 am

Unoma,

You make several great points. People do make more of an effort for a celeb, but they do have to get to that level of fame first. I wonder how stellar the accomplishment has to be for people to make the effort. I think it’s cool readers ask (see my comment below–I always ask people I’ve met about their name meanings). Have you considered putting the meanings and pronunciation guides in the front—depending on the audience? Thank you for your comment and for stopping by!

Anonymous - September 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

I choose my characters names according to their story. In Nigeria, babies are named with care according to the circumstance of their birth or what their family prays their destiny would be. For my book, I choose simple names and always tie it in to the story and explaining the meaning.I do this because I want all my readers to understand. The African readers dont need this ofcourse but I love all my readers and wont want anyone to pass on my work cos of the name. The pronounciations…hmm I never thought about that…good thot, will look into it.

Unoma - September 11, 2014 - 10:29 am

Children in African(Nigeria specifically) are named according to the circumstance of their birth or what their parents confess as their destinies to be. In my books I choose simple names but these names are explained and tied to the story. I do this so my non African readers would unsterstand and not feel lost.
Havent thought about the pronounciations…will try that for my next project. Great advice

Tamara LeBlanc - September 11, 2014 - 10:53 am

What a thought provoking post! I read a book once called Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean. Auel (I think that’s her name) anyway, I LOVED that book and all of the others in the series. I gobbled them up…even though I couldn’t pronounce 99% of the names in them. What I ended up doing was coming up with a pronunciation in my head. My own way of saying the names that made the most sense to me. Not sure if that’s politically correct or not, but it helped me enjoy a book that I might have otherwise stumbled over.
Best wishes on your self-pub career!!
have a great weekend :)
Tamara

Piper Huguley - September 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm

No problem! And correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me if people try, there’s more appreciation than avoiding it? Thank you Unoma, for continuing your thought!

Piper Huguley - September 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Is this your thought too? Thank you again Unoma!

Piper Huguley - September 11, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Yes, I read the Clan of the Cave Bear series too and did the same thing. I wonder what it is that makes some people try to pronounce certain names, but not others.
In those books, some of the names (depending on the tribes) got very similar sometimes. Hmmm. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment,Tamara!

Marilyn Baron - September 11, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Think about the daunting cast of characters in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And that was a blockbuster. We ought to be able to keep track of two main characters. When I’m not sure about how to pronounce a name I just do the best I can. Later, when they make the book into a movie I sometimes find that I’ve mispronounced a name. I still enjoyed the book. My problem with names is that I always seem to start the characters’ names with an M without realizing it. But the characters are what they are.

Connie Gillam - September 11, 2014 - 2:01 pm

I have a difficult time with unusual names. I make the best guest at the pronunciation and use that for the rest of the book. I have a Nigerian friend who has a beautiful, lyrical first and last name, but she’s obviously had problems with others pronouncing her name correctly and now calls herself “Joy”. I think that’s a shame she has to go to such lengths, because her given name is so lovely.

Connie Gillam - September 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

That should have read- best guess.

Walt Mussell - September 11, 2014 - 5:35 pm

In one of my Japan WIPs, I have a male hero named Tsuneomi. However, I immediately nickname him “Tomi” to get people used to it. In another Japan WIP, I have three brothers with four syllable names. I given them all nicknames to shorten their names. I’m always worried about people getting lost in the names of my characters.

Tanya A. - September 11, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Piper, Thank you for the thought provoking post. I’m hanging my head down in shame, but when I was 18, I gave up on The Hunt for Red October because of the multitude of Russian names.
But fast forward to the internet age. I read a book where I had no idea how to pronounce a name and I went to the internet and typed in the name and up popped a pronunciation website that sounded out the name for me. I think this is a wonderful tool for people who want to know how to pronounce a character’s name.
Ultimately I think it’s important to be challenged every once in a while to step outside one’s comfort zone. Read a book with different names. Get to know someone and ask them how to pronounce their name.
Thanks for your insights. I always enjoy them.

Louise B - September 11, 2014 - 7:42 pm

It’s interesting that the comments above talked mainly about present day books. I have found some fantasy novels to be impossible to pronounce. Just what sound does an apostrophe make? So I do my best guess when reading accept that is how it is said. Lately, I’ve been reading books set in India, and again, if the name seems unpronounceable to me, I use Spanish language conventions for the letters and keep reading.

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 8:01 pm

I’m hanging my head Marilyn, but I haven’t gotten around to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo yet. And isn’t that funny how when you go to the move you finally learn the pronunciation? Sometimes it’s hard to change back!

And yes, sometimes you can get hung up on a certain letter in naming. M is off limits to me right now as well… thanks for stopping by!

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Connie,

When someone does that, sometimes I’ll ask them if that is how the name translates. I hope so. I don’t want people to think I’m throwing their name overboard. I have an unusual name (more so growing up than now) and I know how that feels. Thank you for your comment!

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Walt,

As you can see, there is a certain segment of the publishing population who want names to be easy to say. I think you’ve found a solution that will work for you. Go for it! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Tanya,

I’m such the nerd that I grieved for a long time that I did not have a patronymic. I’m over it though, and I’m glad to be who I am. And your solution is brilliant! I should have known the Internet would have a solution. I’m looking forward to some hard names to test it out. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper - September 11, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Louise, you are so right! Fantasy names can be very difficult! And I’ve been reading books set in India lately myself. I love them! Thank you for stopping by!

'Cilla - September 11, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Love your blog. I will read a book with a foreign name just because the spelling and sound of it is intriguing. sometimes I will give them a nick name or shortened to initial. The mystery, history and meaning of the name can bring on something different for me. ( I know I am weird) :-)

Pam Asberry - September 11, 2014 - 10:35 pm

I would never let unique names keep me from tackling a recommended book. But I guess I tend to gravitate towards more ordinary names in my own writing. Good stuff to think about. Thanks, Piper!

Piper - September 12, 2014 - 9:52 am

You are so welcome, Pam! Thank you for stopping by!!

Carol Burnside - September 12, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Obviously, it’s not very important to me that my characters have unique names, seeing as mine are Sam and Rosie, Travis and Claire, and so forth. The Annie Rayburn works are a bit different. Since they are of an alien race, I use a lot of different spellings, but keep the names fairly normal (Brekke and Teriza, for example).

I’ve come across some fantasy books where the names are just ridiculous in the author’s attempt to create a unique language. Like another commenter mentioned, the use of one or more apostrophe’s or dashes in a name can be quite confusing. I admit that in that particular instance, the names were a detraction from the read because I was continually stumbling over the pronunciation.

Shelia Lowery Brown - September 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

I tend to skip over words and names that are unfamiliar so that I can understand the passage. So it would not bother me that much. Still, I’m just starting to read fiction again. So it’s something to think about. Will keep the above comments in mind.

Piper Huguley - September 13, 2014 - 8:14 am

I think a lot of people do that Shelia–you aren’t alone. You may take it into account more often as you pick up reading more fiction. Thank you for stopping by!!!

Piper Huguley - September 13, 2014 - 8:15 am

I agree Carol. The fantasy books can get out of hand. I wonder if that’s why I don’t read them. I will have to broaden my view in this area too! Thanks for commenting!

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