I’m going to let you in on a secret. You may have noticed it. It may have
escaped your attention when reading the back cover blurb or if you read FATHER BY
CHOICE. Heck, it escaped my attention when I choose the names. Whether
through some happy coincidence or my brain having connections already formed
that I’m not even aware of, I did something I couldn’t undo.
So, here’s my secret. When I wrote FATHER BY
CHOICE, I already knew that Penny would be Luke Ward’s heroine in his book,
WITH THE BEST MAN. I happily wrote Brady’s book and sent it off. It wasn’t
until I was putting together the dreaded synopsis for Luke’s story and got
stuck. Let me backtrack a little here. My surname choices are generally obtained
from the list of most popular surnames in the U.S. I look down the list and pick
one I like.
Well, when I got stuck I figured I’d try to figure out what nationality Penny’s
last name was. So I type into Google (it has this cool feature that shows you
searched that were done similar to the start of yours) “Montgomery.” Can you
guess what popped up? Oh, yes, right there in black and white, Montgomery Ward.
When I was younger, this store used to rival JC Penney and Sears. I even had a
Montgomery Ward credit card. I had inadvertently given my heroine the last name
Montgomery to go with the hero’s last name Ward. And if that weren’t bad enough
I’d named her Penny. If I could have put Sears in there somewhere I probably
The thing is I hadn’t thought anything of it. Just another name. It seemed to
flow nicely. I rarely pair up last names prior to writing... though maybe I
should start. The connection wasn’t a conscious one and by the time I realized
my error, Father by Choice was already in print, set in stone, unchangeable. I
thought about putting a reference of it in the book, but I never got around to
it or forgot. So I’m airing my secret here.
Have you ever caught something in a book that made you laugh or wonder if the
author really meant to do that? As an author have you ever caught a coincidence
either before or after publication?
About ONE NIGHT WITH THE BEST MAN
A BRIDE FOR THE BEST MAN?
Running into his first love at his brother's wedding isn't the homecoming Dr.
Luke Ward imagined. Maid of honor Penny Montgomery should have been his bride.
And now, despite how things ended between them, the former Tawnee Valley bad
girl just made him an offer the still-smitten best man would be a fool to refuse.
Eight years ago, Penny lost the only man she ever loved. Spending the weekend
together is a huge risk—and the only way to see if she's really over Luke. But
when a family emergency forces the handsome surgeon to extend his visit, their
passionate reunion fling flames into a deeper attachment. Does Penny have the
courage to try for a second chance with Luke—and say "I do" to her best man?
About the Author
Between walking her Jack Russell-Beagle mix, petting her two cats and driving
her two kids all over creation, Amanda Berry writes contemporary romance novels
(thanks to a supportive husband). A Midwest girl stuck in the wetlands of South
Carolina, she finds inspiration in her small-town upbringing. A list of her
current releases and backlist can be found at her website.
3 comments posted.
I've never noticed a name that sounds like a store, but I'm sure I've seen some odd combinations in books before. Wish I could think of an example. Sounds like a great read.
(Carol Woodruff 7:50pm September 20, 2014)