Lisa Leftover (2004) Post 249
|Lisa Leftover by Sally Odgers|
Until I reread this one, I'd forgotten Pen's name. I used Pen Swan as the name for a main character in a book published this year. That doesn't matter, but it does show how the mind forgets things. I do recall that when I wrote the manuscript for this one it was called Lila Leftover. I remember I started a quest to use less common names for my characters after I discovered the Jenny problem and also after an editor told me she's had nine mss with the same main character name. It was either Emma or Lucy. The editor of this one changed Lila to Lisa. It's not the first time I've had a character name changed. On two occasions a main (or major) character has changed sex! It's all, as the Moody Blues put it so succinctly, "A question of balance".
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