I made you up. Honest. Red-faced guest post at Do Authors Dream of Electric Books

That dingy, dowdy town in My Memories of a Future Life? Nowhere that really existed was horrid enough so I made it up. I gave it a name that loosely rhymed with ‘Hell-on-earth’. And do you know what? A friend has emailed me to say Vellonoweth, give or take an o, really exists.

So today I’m red-faced at Do Authors Dream of Electric Books, grovelling. Do come along and save me from the residents’ pitchforks.

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  1. #1 by Catana on October 20, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    There’s no point in groveling. Originality, no matter how outrageous, is getting harder to come by. A beta reader of one of my books mentioned that one character had the name of a big Canadian official who I’d never heard of, and another had the combined names of two Friends characters. I’ve never watched Friends and know absolutely nothing about the show. I changed the name of the first character, just slightly, but when the book is published, I expect someone to mention that it’s the same name as…

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on October 20, 2011 - 9:35 pm

      These things are always going to happen, Catana. Gotta call our characters something, after all… Good luck.

  2. #3 by catwoods on October 20, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Your guest post–and apology–cracked me up!

  3. #5 by J Perry Kelly on October 20, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    Hi Roz, Bummer! I had an experience similar to Catana’s. Years after my co-protagonist–Sylvia Chase, flame-haired investigative reporter for the Denver Post–became a fixture in my psyche, a tongue-in-cheek compliment by a Post reporter spurred me to search Google for the name. Sure enough, a high-profile TV investigative reporter (in Denver, too) had the gall to style herself ‘Sylvia Chase!’

    Loved the ‘apology!’ So clever of you;~)

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