Heartbeats

Characters come to life when we give them reasons to live

I demonstrated creating memorable character names in Naming Names with Lucky Jones, the one-eared wonder. If creating memorable character names were enough to make characters memorable I wouldn’t be writing this post as a follow up.

Lucky Jones became the memorable”Lucky Jones” because I gave you a reason to remember him; I placed him in a dangerous situation with obvious conflict and obvious threats:
Lucky Jones backed away from The Swede as soon as the knife came out. It didn’t matter that The Swede was as big as any Viking Jones could imagine, it mattered that the knife looked as long as a battleaxe. The Swede swung but Jones was already making for the door and the only thing The Swede caught was Jones’ ear, which the police found the next day under The Swede’s body. Albert Swanson Jones became Lucky Jones and a wanted man that same day.
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Rosemarie Aquilina – Can you do something rooty with my bedhead, Your Honor?

Would you like a perm with that adjudication?

Rosemarie AquilinaHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s guest is multi-facted and multi-genre author Rosemarie Aquilina.

Rosemarie is probably best known for her ruthless pursuit of justice as crusading superhero…No, wait…She does have a career that she’s (probably) better known for and she does pursue justice and she is a crusader. Okay, we’ll go with superhero, too. Rosemarie may be better known as Your Honor.

The Honorable Rosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children, is currently a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in Michigan’s General Trial Division and served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan. In 1986, Rosemarie Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard and retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Military Service. She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both. She owned her own law firm and hosted the a syndicated “Ask the Family Lawyer” radio talk show.

She’s currently working on some non-fiction titles before plunging ahead with more cozies and thrillers. I’d like everyone to stand up and give Rosemarie Aquilina [[website link?]] a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.
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Have Lunch with AuthorPlungers and Enigma Series Authors Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield

Have Lunch, Learn how to build Killer AI Nuclear Viruses. Or Just Have Lunch!

Tech Thriller Authors Charles Breakfield and Rox BurkeyAuthorPlungers and Enigma Series authors Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield’s The Enigma Factor is a finalist in the InD’Tale Magazine RONE awards for the audio book format. The winners will be announced at the evening event on October 6th at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, CA.

 
As a prelude to this event, there is a readers’ luncheon and Breakfield&Burkey would like you to attend! The cost is $20 plus tax and includes a delicious meal, lots of great conversation and attendees get a gift certificate for $10 for the book fair that follows lunch.

Lunch on Oct 6th is scheduled to begin at 11:30 at tables decorated by the authors with gifts and take homes for the readers. The desert has an interesting twist. It’s like speed dating in that you can have desert and visit the author tables.

Breakfield&Burkey would be honored to have you attend and are looking forward to meeting their old and new fans in person. Sign up at Burkey and Breakfield Reader Rave Luncheon and then the Breakfield and Burkey table at the event.

You can watch Rox’s and Charles’s AuthorPlunge at Charles Breakfield & Rox Burkey – Is that a Thermonuclear Killer AI Virus in Your Pocket or Are You Happy to See me?

Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey’s Links
DearTexas
The Enigma website
Subscribe to their YouTube channel
Friend and follow them on Facebook and Twitter
Charles Breakfield on Amazon and Rox Burkey on Amazon
ENIGMA book series

AuthorPlunger Keith Guernsey Keynote Speaker at Brenau University

A good man shares his good life

Keith GuernseyAuthorPlunger Keith Guernsey appears at Brenau University’s upcoming LitFest. He’s one of four people talking on Process to Publish from 11-11:45am in the Theater. Keith will also be available to share his story, sign books, shake hands and let people know how much is possible when you want to win in life.

Brenau University’s LitFest is this Saturday, 22 Sept 2018, from 10am-2pm.

You can watch Keith’s AuthorPlunge at Keith Guernsey – Overcoming Adversity through Love and Sports.

Keith’s Links
Keith’s blog
Keith’s Amazon Author’s page
Keith’s Twitter feed
Keith’s Facebook page

Naming Names

Why did Inez Cloud change her name to "Skippy RunningCloud"? So she'd be remembered!

Ever get stuck naming characters? Oh, how science fiction authors must long for the days when they could name a character “X7” and get away with it. My job title use to be CRO, Chief Research Officer, and I got that title when there were few Chief Research Officers around. People would ask me, “What is your proper title?” and I replied “My proper title is ‘Princess Feldspar of the Tree People’, but I tell most people it’s ‘Chief Research Officer’.”

Most people could remember “Princess Feldspar of the Tree People” more easily than they could remember “Chief Research Officer” and the reason why can help authors create names for characters.

We remember the tangible and the unique better than the intangible and the common.

 
We want readers to remember our main and primary characters, some secondary characters and perhaps even a minor character (if they provide a plot point) because readers tend to like memorable characters. The first step towards aiding reader memory is to give the characters names that are 1) easily remembered and 2) give us a hint as to the character’s character (what kind of person that character is).
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