Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What’s in a Name?

When I began my book writing journey, a friend asked what name I would use as an author. Hmm… This was a good question.

Would I use my birth name? My nickname? My maiden name? My married name? Or something all new, such as Harry Houndstooth or Misty Meadows?

After some thought, I decided that my name as an author should meet these objectives: 
  1. It should reflect my creative side. Lolly, my nickname since age eighteen, is perfect. I feel creative when I hear it. My given name, Lois, works better for the more serious side of life.
  2. It should honor my parents. They gave me what it took to write my book and cheered me on as I did so. Sadly, neither lived to see it published. I use their last name, Anderson.
  3. It should honor my own family. After all, my children were my inspiration while I wrote my book, and my husband stood fast as I finished it. So I use my last name, Thomas.
So there you have it—the making of a name. I remain ever so humbly yours, Lolly Anderson Thomas.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy Muckabee Birthday!

Tiggle Trouble is a story about Muckabee’s twelfth birthday. On that day, the young monster goes through Snortburg and (quite by chance) ends up at the Tiggle Tree. But that’s only the beginning. No one could have guessed whom Muckabee would meet and what would happen next.

If you ever met Muckabee, he would want you to hear his tale. But Rotalot Island is far away, and since there’s no way for humans to get there, you’ll have to read about it in Tiggle Trouble, A Monster’s Birthday Adventure. Google it on for the paperback or the kindle version and enjoy one young monster’s quite interesting birthday.

Today I celebrate my own birthday (no gifts, please), which makes me think of Muckabee. I doubt if I’ll be having squid birthday cake, and I don’t think my family knows the words to The Monster Birthday Song, but I look forward to it anyway!