However a writer selects a name, it must fit and exemplify that character. The mention of the name should bring to mind an entire set of personality traits; a certain look; and feeling tone. The name should evoke a strong image in the reader's mind, and have a ring of authenticity.
Since Robin Williams' tragic death this week, I can't stop thinking about the Under Toad. If you're a fan of The World According to Garp, which Robin starred in back in 1978, you're probably feeling that same chill.
I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.
I was born without hands. I've spent 40 years reading on the floor. I've dreamed of being able to hold a book in bed. The e-reader has changed my life: one click of a button and I'm turning pages without hands!