>Taking names

>I think it was in Martina Navratilova’s autobiography that I read that Rita Mae Brown found names for her characters by wandering through old cemeteries. Now she could just wander through my junk mail, which today provided me with Dahlia Holley, Ailene Petruso, Arlean Taina, Shane Zavatson and Sarah Madrid. There must be a science to spam-name generation and I would love to know it–they are usually just the other side of plausible.

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Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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  1. deborah freedman says:

    >Yes. The Junkies – I collect them! So far, I have over 300, and am willing to share: http://deborahfreedman.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/the-junkies/

  2. jimmyprell says:

    >I often get names by leafing through my TOTAL BASEBALL encyclopedia. Which is like a cemetery for retired ballplayers, on their tombstones is engraved their final stats.

    James Preller

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >add Chantay Branner.

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