Friday, April 2, 2010

Authorpalooza Day 3 - Guest Author - Shirin Dubbin

The Naming and Other Shenanigans

(or How I Know Kim Kardashian is a Succubus)
by Shirin Dubbin

 Author’s Note: There is a prize at the bottom of this post; it’s like Cracker Jacks!

 Writers put a lot of thought into naming characters—the rhythm of the name, its diminutives, and how memorable it will be. I did the same for the main character of my upcoming book, Dreams’ Dark Kiss, but for various reasons my publisher asked me to make a change. Hm? What should it be?

Well, my mind began to wander as it often does… (One time the police brought it home after it had gotten drunk and stripped down to the synapses in the wine aisle of my neighborhood grocery store. True story.) …and I realized celebrities are actually supernatural creatures in disguise. Most are Fae—super skinny, huge eyes, never age—but there are signs of an entire gamut of the paranormal.

Benicio Del Toro is a werewolf if ever I saw one (a hubba, hubba hunk of burning lycan love). Dude, why do you think they cast him in The Wolfman? Right. ‘Cause he could do his own EFX.

Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance, is obviously a vampire. What other creature could master music, graphic design, comic book writing, and hold us in their thrall with all three? He’s the new Lestat. Plus, I have a friend, who has a cousin, who has an aunt who was once bitten by Gerard at a concert and is now twice shy (and totally goth).

And I think we’ve all come to recognize Kim Kardashian is a succubus. I’m not being mean. She’s brilliant. What other creature could have sex with Ray J and siphon pop culture status clean out of him? She gained a reality show and star athlete fiancé, to boot. Genius.

Of course, the clearest indication celebrities are supernatural is in the names they give their kids. Yep. Here are a few. Feel free to classify them anyway you like. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden named their son Sparrow James Midnight. You just know this kid is going to be rocking steam punk goggles and flying around in an airship before he’s thirteen.

The lovely Jason Lee, star of My Name Is Earl, yoked his son with the moniker…wait for it…Pilot Inspektor (yes, that is the correct spelling). In happier news, Pilot Inspektor Lee will be appearing in the next Detective Inspector Chen novel by Liz Williams. Ok, not really but that would be amazing.

Lastly, there’s Nick Cage and his offspring Kal-El, as in Superman’s real name. Nope, the alliterative sounding Clark Kent Cage was not enough for Nick. He went back to the roots of Superman. No better way to prepare your child for alienation than naming him after an alien. [That sound you hear is me blinking copiously.] Can your own name be your kryptonite?

Author’s Note: I was going to muse on Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s choice of Apple for their daughter. Add an “I” and you’ve got Apple Martini. However, I thought better of implying the cocktail-based moniker sounds like a portent for a life rife with feelings of inadequacy and early alcoholism. That would be mean.

On to the good part, in celebration of wacky celebrity baby names and their apparent tie-in to Urban Fantasy and comic books, I challenge you to pick two of your favorite characters and name their offspring. For example: the child of Mercy Thompson, star of the Patricia Briggs series, and Eric Northman, from the Southern Vampire Mysteries AKA True Blood, might be named Volkswagen McHottie Wolfsbane. Or the daughter of Harry Dresden, headliner of Jim Butcher’s Dresdan Files, and Anita Blake, of the Laurell K. Hamilton series, could be called Criss Angel Humper Dresden.

The prize is a personalized, autographed copy of Mike Carey and Peter Gross’ sublime Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity, in which our hero learns his name may be the only thing real about him.

Get to posting your appellations, monikers and handles in the comments section. I can’t wait to read what you come up with. I wasn’t very creative. I changed Kiran to Ciaran, the traditional Gaelic spelling of the same name. I’m hoping you’ll show me up.

Let the shenanigans commence!

Thank you, Shirin!
You all find out more about Shirin at her website, twitter and facebook.

This giveaway will be eligible for residents of the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

And bonus points for tweeting with hastag #Authorpalooza2010,  FB sharing and other social networks!

Don't forget to check out the previous guest authors:
 Erin Kellison and Lisa Pietsch giveaways!


Veronica said...

Thanks Shirin. Talk about a brainer teaser coming up with monikers & handles, lol.

Shirin Dubbin said...

Thanks for having me, Veronica! This was a fun post to write.

Veronica said...

Okay here a few I came up with

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Jacob Black and Bella Swan
Jello Meat ;-)

Ya, I know.. cheesy, lol!!

Shirin Dubbin said...

=giggle= Jello Meat! That's perfect.

I'm starting to think my contest is too hard, since we're getting lots of visitors but no one has joined in the naming.

Fiona Vance said...

OK, who do you get when you mix the brooding vampire hero of Keith Melton's Blood Vice (Karl Vance) with the adorable, operatically challenged, but gloriously rubenenesque heroine of Shrek, Princess Fiona...

Fiona Vance :-)

Yeah. I know. Know one knows who she is. You didn't say anyone had to *get it!* LOL!


Fiona Vance :-)

Melanie said...

Great post!
I've been studying all day so tonight my brain isn't functioning good enough to come up with an answer. lol
So for now, here's the Twitter RT:

Robin K said...

Hmmm, a name, well... Wow, that is hard. I am terrible with names. We named our children after movie characters. Once from Indiana Jones and one from the Bicentennial Man.

Tweeted here:

Shirin Dubbin said...

Hi Fiona, Melanie and Robin! Thanks for stopping by. You all have an incredibly good shot at winning. =giggle=

Fiona, you are a nut. ^_~ I now envision you as a big, green warrior princess. Very cool.

Melanie said...

Tweeted again :

chaoskay1 said...

Fish n Chips is simply 'flips' in our house, if that's what you mean? Tweeted @chaoskay :O)

booklover0226 said...

I'm not creative at all! I did enjoy the post and found it amusing.

Tracey D

Shirin Dubbin said...

@Chaoskay, 'flips' gave me the giggles. I actually have a cousin nicknamed Flip because he was born in the shower and flipped right out. *gmao*

@Tracey D, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post (most times I think I'm way over the top). Thanks!

Shirin Dubbin said...

Hi Everyone, I put the names in a hat, closed my eyes and the winner is... Chaoskay! Congratulations. The Unwritten is so good.

Veronica will email you with the details to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone for playing, commenting and tweeting!