Uh oh! I'm in Trouble Now.

At the conference this weekend, I donated a “character name” as a prize in a raffle. In other words, I will use the name of the winner as a character in my work-in-progress. Well, guess the name of the person who won? Jabeen Akthar! LOL. She called me yesterday and sounds like a delightful woman who’s hard at work on her own novel. But with several hundred people at the conference, how did I end up with a name like that??
The first time I auctioned off a character name was while writing KISS RIVER. The winner that time? Moto Sato. I had to figure out how to add a Japanese man to a book set in the Outer Banks of NC during WWII. It was a challenge, but those of you who’ve read the book may remember that his character actually added to the story. It forced me to do some out of the box thinking. So I’m expecting Jabeen’s name to do the same for my WIP. Wish me luck!


  1. Lorene on November 14, 2006 at 8:33 am

    I am so looking forward to this book. Hurry!

  2. Diane Chamberlain on November 14, 2006 at 10:53 am

    I’m typing as fast as my fingers will fly!

  3. Krysia on November 14, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    I think different names makes a person unique. I have a name no one can pronounce and I know it’s made me who I am. If I had a common name like Sarah or Jennifer I don’t think I’d be the type of person I am. My grandfather still to this day doesn’t call me by my first name, and never has that I can remember.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on November 14, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    How DO you pronounce your name, Krysia? I’ve been thinking it’s Kree-sha.

  5. Krysia on November 14, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    Krisha like Trisha with a K. It’s Polish for Kristy or Krissy which my grandfather calls me the later. At least that’s what I was told by a dr i had that was from Poland. My mother even admitted she couldn’t say my name. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  6. Diane Chamberlain on November 14, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    >>My mother even admitted she couldn’t say my name.

  7. Margo on November 15, 2006 at 11:41 am

    I really like your name, Krysia…it’s very unique…

  8. Ann on November 15, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    Diane, this is off subject but I want to know if your interview has been on “The Story” on NPR yet. I don’t get to listen everyday.

  9. Diane Chamberlain on November 15, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Ann,
    The interview was supposed to run last week, but instead NPR was doing it’s fund raising, so I think it will never air. It IS however in their archives attached to the show that did air (the regular show is about 45 minutes, then they tag on a short interview–in the case of MY short interview, it was pre-empted by the fundraising. ) I’ll check on their site for the correct archive and post it on the blog. Thanks for asking.

  10. Brenda on November 18, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    I too look forward to your next book, however, I understand how being locked to a computer can almost KILL one…
    I can’t tell you girls that the first week of Dec. and the end of these two classes can’t come soon enough. I have tunnel vision-work and grad school.
    Next semester will be bad, but I think I can deal with it…I hope.
    I hope no one ever waits this long in life to finish a degree…
    Hope everyone is doing well and hope you girls have a Happy T’giving.
    My son will be here. The others will be here for Christmas… (and so will he)…

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