Your Name as a Character in Gabe Quinn #3 …

Coming up with character names can be a little tricky. Sometimes it can stop me in my writing tracks, while I debate the pros and cons of certain name combinations. Several factors must be entered into the equation before I settle on one:

Does the name feel right for the part?
Does the name have gravitas?
Is the surname indigenous to the location?
Does the first name reflect their character?
Does it flow off the tongue?

I may not always get it right, but a lot of thought goes into even this small detail.

And this is where you can help.

Gabe Quinn #3 will be out in 2013. It’s my plan to use one of my subscriber’s real names as a character in the next instalment. Of course, the fictional character won’t bear any resemblance to the real one! They could be a goodie, a baddie or someone who just gets in Quinn’s way. Would you like to take part?

One lucky (or unlucky) name will be drawn at random from my list of subscribers. All you need to do is let me know if you want to opt out of the draw – by sending me a quick email to with the word ‘no‘ in the subject line – otherwise your name will be entered automatically. The winner will be notified by email sometime in the New Year and then, if they’re good to go, I’ll be using their name in the next Gabe Quinn Thriller, with a thank you in the book’s Acknowledgements.

In the meantime, don’t forget to pick up “Crossing Lines” – the second Gabe Quinn instalment, if you haven’t already done so.

All the Best to you and yours for the Holiday Season!

Keith =)


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When I was thirteen, my English teacher - who was fed up with reading my space stories - told me I'd never make it as a science fiction writer. Undeterred, I went on to pen several sci-fi novels and three comedy stage plays, in and around raising a family. Thirty years later, and in a bid to make some real money from my writing, I switched genres and started to write mysteries. It was the best move I ever made. Now my self-published crime thrillers have sold more than 160,000 copies on Amazon alone and notched up over a third of a million downloads worldwide. Finally, I have given up paid employment and do my dream job full-time. I'm genuinely grateful for my break and, despite my head still being full of those space stories, I try my best to keep my feet planted firmly on the ground.

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