Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
A great character name has turned up in my spam file. Feel free to use it, writers! I make no claims on it:
The nature of my job requires that I see the names of strangers many times a day. At least once or twice a week I come upon the most awesome literary names you could imagine. But they are actual people and I can’t use them. I have to figure out the legal ramifications. Some are painful to pass up.
That’s too bad, but I’ve also had the experience of naming a character then finding someone who has that name after publication. Oh well! Not much of a problem, though, since the namesake will probably never hear of the book/story…
Think of all the Harry Potters in the world. Doomed to a life of snarky comments and skeptical disbelief.
Listen y’all, there was a local Indy radio jockey with my name from the 50’s an early 60’s. He’s long dead and i never even knew who he was . And people still make comments to me.
And a guy with my name wrote the movie “Half Baked.” So proud to be associated with that.
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