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Character Name Auctions
By Maggie Toussaint

At a recent fundraising event, authors held a silent auction for a good cause – to help raise money for a nearby library. I was happy to have one of my character’s names up for grabs, and a very nice lady bid on it.

I came home to figure out which characters were available in an option book I’d already turned in. This 2019 book, Dreamed It, has four main suspects, all male (and for a very good reason) so that wouldn’t work. I read along in the story to determine what options I had for this winner.

I found some characters with small parts who were nice, one K-9 officer that had a modest role, and to spice things up, I added the medical examiner who is a bit of an eccentric. I can’t wait to find out which role this lady will select.

What would you go for? A walk-on role with few-to-no lines, an active role in the investigation, or the feisty M.E.?