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What's in a Name? by [Odell, Terry]
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Once upon atime, or as my kids used to say, "ponce a time" Ihad an idea for a story based on the MacGyvercharacter.  It lived in my head for a longtime.  Once, I thought I'd try writing it, butthe sheer mechanics of typing dialogue with properpunctuation turned me off.  Years later, my sonintroduced me to Highlander: The Series ontelevision, and I got sucked into that world.My MacGyver story's basic premise changed, and I hada 'what if' moment for the Immortal universe.

The storyidea compelled me enough to deal with all thosecommas and quote marks, and I hooked up with Sandra McDonald, an author whose writingresonated with me.  With excruciating patience,she showed me the beginnings of crafting a story,which I wrote and posted to the online Highlanderfanfiction sites of the time.

Eventually,I wanted to try my hand at a book set in the realuniverse, with characters and settings of mychoosing.  I wrote Finding Sarah.  However, thatHighlander story wouldn't die, and I toyed withmoving one of the segments of my "Immortal Flu"series into the real world.

I writebecause I like to create characters.  Until Iknow what makes them tick, the plot hangs in thebackground.  For What's In A Name?, the clickmoment was listening to Dan Fogelberg's "Leaderof the Band."  I knew I had to writeabout a character whose life was controlled by theline, "And Papa, I don't think I said I love younear enough."  Once Blake's motivation wasin place, the story was no longer a Highlanderstory, and the rest of the book began to fall intoplace.  Of course, there's a little of DuncanMacLeod left in Blake Windsor.  The Highlanderis Immortal, after all.

About the Author

Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles and now makes her home in Divide,Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to movefrom their first home because she finished the local library), shealways wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted, in books, television, and the movies. Once she began writing, she foundthis wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intendedto write rapidly became a romance.

However, her entry into theworld of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when her son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "goodmother" she began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fanfiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, onebrave weekend, she wrote her first short story.

Things snowballedand soon she was writing her first original novel. Much later, shementioned something about a recent Highlander episode to her son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought theconcept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.

With adegree in Psychology from UCLA, she loves gettinginto the minds of her characters, turning them loose in tight spots andseeing what they do. Too often, they surprise her.

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  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494754010
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5JR4
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