Sunday, June 15, 2014

Meg from the By the Spoonful Soup Shop

Summer is here! During June and July, the authors of Killer Characters are having a Cozy Days of Summer Giveaway! There will be a winner every day.  Leave a comment before midnight on June 15th to be entered to win a copy of A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer.  Don't forget to leave your email so that we can notify you! 

Hi everyone ~

Well, I’m happy to say I’m in a much better mood these days.  You see, I’ve had a big problem for a long time.  I’ve appeared in all three of the Soup Lover’s Mystery books.  Just in case you haven’t noticed me before, I’m at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop every day, waiting on tables, loading the dishwasher, listening to Janie’s problems and Lucky’s problems and Jack’s too.  But to tell you the truth, I have definitely felt . . . overlooked, taken for granted. 

And then one day, it just dawned on me!  I didn’t have a last name.  No wonder I felt like a wallflower.  My author, Connie Archer, had never given me one!  Can you believe that?  When I asked her about it, she was well . . . frankly . . . flummoxed.  She told me it just hadn’t occurred to her!  

So I put my foot down.  I told her I wasn’t coming back to the Spoonful until I had a last name.  I gave her some time to come up with one that I’d approve of, but she still didn’t suggest any.  (Don’t tell anyone this, but she told me she was having a problem inventing one.  Nothing really appealed to her.)



I ask you – how can I be a character if I don’t have a complete name?  What does that mean?   
That I’m not important to the story?  That I don’t advance the plot just a little bit?  I was crushed.  I mean, my feelings were really hurt.  

You’ll say, okay, but what did you do about it, Meg?  I’ll tell you what I did.  I went out into cyberspace.   Me!  That’s right.  I complained LOUDLY about my predicament to Dru Ann, a sympathetic soul, just a few weeks ago on another blog!   

I shamed my author into running a contest for me, to give me a last name and it worked!  A lovely woman named Elisa Varey came up with a last name that my author liked and I liked too. 

Wanna hear what it is???  It’s Findly.  Sort of simple and maybe some people will think it’s plain, but I like it a lot.  It suits me.  So that’s my name now – Meg Findly.  

And to sort of smooth my ruffled feathers, my author is giving me a pretty big part in Book No. 5 (yet to be titled) of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series. 
I guess complaining did the trick, huh?   What do you think of my new last name?  I’d love to hear your comments. 


67 comments:

  1. Hi Meg. I'm new to Connie's books. But, I did read a Roux of Revenge. I really liked it. I'm glad that you are going to have a big role in the upcoming book. I hope things work out for you.

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    1. Oh, it's very exciting for me! I'm really involved in the mystery in Book #5. I can't say much more, it might be a spoiler but I play a very big role when a famous mystery writer comes to Snowflake! I hope you'll read all about it, Kim! Thanks for coming by today!

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    1. Hi Kristin! Glad you could stop by! Did you like Meg's name?

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  3. Sounds like a perfect last name!
    And since my favorite food is soup...I'm gonna have to check out your series!

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    1. Hi Britt ~ Good luck with the summer giveaway. I hope you get to visit Snowflake, VT very soon!

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  4. What a lovely name. It just flows off the tongue. Now what about your middle name?

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  5. Oooo, I hadn't thought of that. Of course, my first full name is Margaret, that's what my mother named me, but Meg has always suited me better. I'll have to bring that up with Connie. Hopefully, she won't have such a hard time with that!

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  6. I think Margaret Ann flows well. I think I have read all the books in your series.

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    1. Hi Sue ~ Yes, I like Margaret Ann ~ if you've read all three in the series so far, that's great. There are more to come. I hope you'll come back to Snowflake, VT next time!

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  7. Findly is a fine choice, a fine last name that goes well with Meg! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of A Roux of Revenge—I would love to read this book!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. Thanks for coming by today! I hope you get to visit Snowflake soon! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  8. Congrats on the new last name.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! I feel like a real person now!

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  9. Complaining does get you what you want. I like the last name.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby ~ I'm glad you like my new last name. I'm so happy about it too. Too bad I had to yell and complaint so much though. I hope nobody's mad about that!

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  10. The name fits you....easy to pronounce and spell. dbahn@iw.net

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    1. I think so too, Dianne ~ I'm so glad you like it! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  11. Great last name, Meg. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to in book #5.

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    1. Great to hear from you! I'm going to have some pretty exciting adventures and everyone's letting me play a much bigger role. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  12. Great last name. Looking forward to the new book.

    lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm just sorry I have to wait so long. But that's okay, I have a real name now. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  13. Wonderful last name. Interesting book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think so too! It just kind of fits me, I think. So glad you could visit today and good luck too!

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  14. Great last name. Love your books.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kiki ~ Nice to hear from you! I like Meg Findly a lot! (And I'll tell Connie that too!). Good luck today!

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  15. Findly is a lovely last name for a fictional character. Simple and easy to remember.

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    1. Hi Janet ~ It is nice, isn't it? And it really suits me too. I'm not a fancy character, I've just been sort of THERE in every book, so my new name and my new adventures really make me feel important! Good luck today!

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  16. I would've stuck with NOT having a last name....after all, many famous people have no last names also, like Madonna, Cher, Prince.....& some are known by just one name, even tho they have a 'complete' name, like Kobe, Gretzky & LeBron.......

    but if you feel better with a 'complete' name, then YAY YOU!!!!!

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    1. I do, I really do feel better. Now I'm just like everyone else in Snowflake, VT. I mean it's a small village. We don't really have any celebrities in town and I'm still not really a celebrity. Well, hey! Maybe I will be when #5 comes out. Good luck today!

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  17. A lovely name which is ideal. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much! It just kinds of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Meg Findly . . . good luck today!

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  18. I love your new last name and can't wait to read the next book with you in it.
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm excited too. Just wish I didn't have such a long wait, but I'll be in Book #4 too (even though my name doesn't happen there yet). Good luck with the giveaway!

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  19. I love this series and I love the name ! Can't wait to read this latest installment !
    kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I've been practicing writing my new name. I can do a fancy "Y" at the end now. I think it makes my signature look more distinguished. So glad you stopped by today. Good luck!!!

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  20. One of my favorite series! I'm looking forward to the next!

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you ~ it's a wait till they release the next one. Meg's impatient too!
      Great to hear from you!

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  21. A great last name. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of the books in this series but would love to.

    nlb1050(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Nancy ~ best of luck in the giveaway. I hope you get to visit Snowflake, VT very soon!

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  22. Yes, you did good. It is a good name.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Elaine ~ Thanks for stopping by today! I'm so happy my author ran that contest and picked "Findly" for my name. I'm a fully-fleshed character now, last name and everything!

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  23. Hi Meg! I like your name - and ask Connie to select Ann for your middle name, it's my middle name too (and that of both of my daughters and 2 of my granddaughters and one granddaughter's first name - I guess we like Anns! :-) ).

    I just finished visiting Snowflake in A Broth of Betrayal so am ready to jump into A Roux of Revenge. Can't wait to read more about you in book 5.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think Ann would be a lovely middle name. Maybe I can even get a chance to mention it in Book #5. I didn't t have a big part in A Broth of Betrayal, but I am there every day, at the restaurant. I hope you like the story of my adventure in #5 too! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  24. I love this series and so glad Meg finally has a last name and look forward to reading this book.
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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    1. Hi Becky ~ Thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoy catching up with everyone in Snowflake, VT soon!

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  25. Interesting info

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Glad you could stop by today! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  26. I'm glad you got a last name. Findly suits you to a tee.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sue ~ I like your last name too! And you're right, it really does suit me.
      Thanks for coming by today!

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  27. It's a great name, I like it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Rita ~ Thank you! I'm so happy to hear people really like my name! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  28. I like it, but I think you should spell it Fyndley...has more character. But all in all, it's a great name. I hope to meet you through one of Ms. Archer's books soon.

    Lauigl [at] Carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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    1. Hi Laurie ~ I really hope we meet too! And I hope you get to visit Snowflake, VT very soon!

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  29. Hi Meg, I think Findly suits you. It sounds great with Meg.

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    1. Thank you! It's not a fancy name, just a simple one, but I think it really suits me.
      Thanks for stopping by today!

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  30. I love soup. I need to read this series.

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    1. Oh that's great! I love soup too. The By the Spoonful Soup Shop has a wonderful chef. (I had a big crush on him, if you really want to know), and he makes incredible soups. Hope you get to visit us soon!

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  31. I read the first in the series and loved it.... Meg, I really like your 'new' name....

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    1. Thank you, Alicia ~ I'm so thrilled I have a whole name now! I hope you get to visit Snowflake again (especially the book that I play such an important part in)! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  32. I think it's a perfectly fine name. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Linda ~ Great to hear from you! I'm feeling pretty good about my new name too! Best of luck!

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  33. I think I need to start reading this series so I can weigh in on whether your name suits you or not. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I really hope you do! I'd love to hear what you think about my new name. Thanks for visiting today! And best of luck!

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  34. I have got to get started on this series, I've heard wonderful things about it. I do like your name, Meg Findly has a nice ring to it.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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  35. I really need to get started on this series, I've heard wonderful things about it. I love the name Meg Findly, it has a nice ring to it, someone that you would like to meet. Thanks for the chance to win.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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  36. The series captured me from the first book! This last one, Roux of Revenge, left me hanging and now I find myself nail biting til the next installment.

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