Do You Share a Name with a Villain? And ROW80

Hangar 18: LegacyOne of my goals this week was to proofread my upcoming science fiction romance, Hangar 18: Legacy, and ready it for print. It’s coming along well, proofreading is done, and it’s uploaded to the printer, so that one’s met! However, while I was proofreading, I realized something I hadn’t noticed before: one of the bad guys–a murderer–shares a last name with one of my Awesome Coworkers, who’s also a friend–and a reader.

That struck me as weird. How will she feel about that when she reads this? Of course, it has nothing to do with her (or her husband)–I wrote this book years before I came to work at the current place. I didn’t yet know her when I did my last major revision on it. And her last name’s not an unusual one.

It’s never happened to me–which is kind of surprising, as Powell isn’t exactly an unusual name. And when I thought about it, I probably would think, huh that’s funny, and keep reading, no big deal. It would strike me as weird if I ran across my married surname in a book for any character, as  it’s not a common name at all.

So what I think I’ll do with my coworker is mention, hey, this bad guy in this book has your last name–I wrote it years ago, just so you know! And I expect all will be fine.

ROW80Logo175I did well with my other ROW80 goals this week, too, except once again, I did not get to the estate planning, as the proofreading and formatting took longer than I expected. Here are the details:

  • Format Hangar 18: Legacy for print, proofread, and upload to printer – Done!
  • Fitness activity 5x – Done!
  • One chapter’s exercises in the estate planning guide – uh, no.
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum.  – Done!

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Review Hangar 18: Legacy proof when I get it, and address any corrections needed
  • Find people to review it (hint: if you’re interested, I’ll send you a free ebook in the format of your choice! Just let me know. 🙂 )
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum
  • BONUS: Begin formatting the ebook version of Hangar 18: Legacy

Have you ever run across a character in a book with your last name? What did you think–especially if it was a bad guy? Or how are your goals coming along this week, whether or not you’re participating in ROW80? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

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  1. Great job on the goals. Keep going.
    I’d be happy to review. My TBR pile is a little big but I’d get to it as soon as I can. Just let me know.
    A lot of my character names comes from people i know or from what I happen to be watching at the time. I just then mix them up a little. x

  2. I WAS a character in a book (“The Silenced” by Brett Battles), but I was a dead character – won that opportunity, too. Other than that, not in a book (movies are a different matter, right?). And my maiden name is kind of a famous author’s name (Thurber), so I doubt anyone would use it!

  3. I suppose I would be a little freaked if it were in a book by someone I knew, even if I hadn’t known them at the time. Especially as my last name is not all that common.
    Though I would probably take it as a compliment, unless they killed the character off in a gruesome way!
    Good luck with the goals!

  4. Stacy, that’s so cool – both winning the victim being named after you, and being a Thurber!

    Buffy, the guy doesn’t die, just gets caught, so hopefully she’ll think its amusing! Thanks!

  5. Its probably a good thing to bounce the whole naming thing with your friend, just to be safe. Great job on your goals this week. I can’t blame you for not getting to the estate planning when the other items sounded a bit more exciting. You’ll hit it this week though. 😉

  6. I was recently having a conversation with one of my favorite people at church. She asked about names for my characters, and I talked to her about my WIP–in which the queen bee teenager (antagonist) had the same first name as hers. I hadn’t realized it before! I went home and promptly changed that character’s name. I was early enough in the manuscript to not be attached to one name yet.

    Great job for the week! Keep going with the writing. (And get to that estate planning. Yes, it’s boring. One of those gotta-do-it-because-I’m-an-adult things.)

  7. Hi Jennette, it looks like Kait has hit some trouble and we have no mid-week check-in. So no one is left out, please come over to our Facebook group and leave a link to your check-in post and we will be over to visit. The page address is Alternatively, email me at and I’ll pass your post on. I know Facebook isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!

    Should we have no Linky on Sunday, we’ll just keep working this way until things sort themselves out.

    Cate (Round 1 Sponsor)

  8. Thanks for the heads-up, Cate! I didn’t see any updates, so I wasn’t sure what was going on. Heading over to Facebook now.