In a week, The Eagle & The Arrow will be released. With review copies out already and with Amazon’s uncertain release dates, I cannot keep this secret any longer: the year-long naming contest has been ended and the nameless protagonist in Beware the Hawk has been named!
Who won? What’s the name already? Hold your horses, kids. First, let me dish out a little background:
About a year ago, when I first began to gather and organize my notes to write a sequel to Beware the Hawk, I realized that I had a story-telling problem. As I wrote on this blog at the time:
My book, Beware the Hawk, features an unnamed protagonist, because I really love not naming first-person narrators. Which works well sometimes but not always. It worked well for the original novella, but what if the character were to appear in other stories? She won’t be able to get through another storyline unnamed. I’ve been calling her Pink in private, but that’s not a real name. You know, like Jane, or Bob, or Ponyboy.
I needed to start work on what would turn out to be but Pink was simply not going to get through a new story without a name. And so I called upon my readers last summer to give her one. The winner would get to name Pink and get a signed, free copy of the next installment of her book.
There were many very special entries (including Devon Sharktopus) but these were the three finalists, chosen by me because I liked all three:
Vanessa Pye, submitted by Daisy Abreu
Hendrikke Penelope Brackensfeld, submitted by Beth Callahan
Harleigh McManus, submitted by Karen Morrissey Covey
Then I asked readers to vote for their favorite names. And like Zarathusra, they spake thus:
The winner is…
Vanessa Pye! That is Pink’s name now and forever.
Vanessa Pye got 50 percent of the vote, tailed by Harleigh McManus which got 40 percent.
Daisy, who is a fantastic nonfiction writer with a blog you need to read, will get a signed copy of The Eagle & The Arrow with the first instance of Vanessa’s name in print highlighted in pink.
Congratulations, Daisy! The books have been ordered and one has your name on it (and Vanessa’s, in it.)