Bonnie Parker: From Doll to Gangster’s Moll

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their character names, which is a fun topic, in general, but even with a book based on real-life figures, I had a great time with naming my characters. BECOMING BONNIE is the untold story of how Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. My novel’s been referred to as a “female Breaking Bad,” and I’m down…

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Pro-Tips: How To Name Your Characters

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Are you struggling to come up with cool, original names for your characters? Here are some solutions. If you’re writing about your family members and you don’t want them to know, switch their names around. For example, if you have a husband named David and a dog named Tucker, reverse them. Have a toxic ex-boyfriend in your life? Cleanse yourself by naming the worst person in the entire fictional universe…

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Can You Guess How To Pronounce Apicius?

Monday, July 31, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their character names.  Writing a book set in Ancient Rome means that I have to work with a lot of names that are probably unfamiliar to people, such as Thrasius, Sotas, and Ruan. And, ironically, when I included ancient Roman names that have survived the centuries, such as the name Melissa, my readers told me that the name felt too out of place….

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Crabby Abby, Flabby Abby, Gabby Abby: What’s in a name?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

My birth certificate reads Abagail Katherine Fabiaschi. People often ask about the unique spelling of my first name, but there’s no story there; it was just how my mom thought the world spelled Abigail. Our last name posed the greater challenge. I was raised overhearing one side of frustrating conversations with company representatives: “F like Frank, A … B as in boy, I … A … S as in Sam, C…

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Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world Karma Chameleon didn’t help things… I have since come to love my name, and am…

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