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Amanda in Malta: A Great Book for Young Readers

Posted on: May 27, 2021

Today on the blog tour I am featured on Nancy Klein’s blog American Writer in Spain, where I talk about choosing names for characters. Nancy blogs about life lessons and life in general. She has also recently launched a great book for Young Adults, Torn Between Worlds: an illegal immigrant’s journey to find herself.

US Author Nancy Klein in Spain

Darlene Foster’s latest book in her Amanda series for young readers


How do you choose names for your characters and do you think names are important?

I believe names are important. When I was expecting my daughter, I asked my son what we should name the new baby. He said, “Don´t we have to see what the baby looks like first?”

Like naming a baby, it is important to put some thought into picking a name for a character as he or she has to live with it for a long time. I don’t care for names that are difficult to pronounce or spell. I used Amanda as the name of my main character as that was the name of my granddaughter who was twelve at the time I began writing the first book. It was only going to be a working name but it suited the character so I…

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12 Responses to "Amanda in Malta: A Great Book for Young Readers"

Definitely a great one, Darlene! Congratulations to the great review. I had to laugh so much about the questions of the younger ones, first to see the baby, before starting the name giving procedure. Lol Seems there are some future marketing managers at work. 😉 Have a nice day! Michael

Thanks, Michael. Children often speak the truth. Have a great day yourself.

Always, Darlene! This is why kids are not allowed to speak to politicans. Lol xx Michael

I off to a good start reading and enjoying it so far, Darlene. Intriguing.

Your granddaughter must be delighted that her name inspired you, Darlene. How fun is that. 🙂 Congrats on your wonderful tour. 🙂

My granddaughter was very pleased. And now her daughter is reading the books. Thanks for following the tour.

I truly enjoyed reading about the different processes you go through in naming your characters!! Great book tour!!!

Thanks, Kirt!! Just like picking names for a baby. Glad you are enjoying the tour.

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