Bird Face Wendy

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Haven’t we all been rejected at some time in our lives? I don’t know about you, but with me, rejection is easier to bear when I understand the reason for it. That holds true in romance, sales…and writing.

I recently received a rejection after querying an agent that I thought for sure would be a good fit. And that rejection came before I was given the opportunity to submit the full manuscript.

Rejection always stings, but I had such a good feeling when I sent my query that I was especially disappointed. Of course, now that I have gone through all the stages of grief (at least in my head), I accept the fact that the agent knew what was right for his or her agency better than I.

However, at the time of the rejection, I needed a sympathetic ear. I received several, in fact. One particular critique partner from a group I joined through American Christian Fiction Writers put the experience in perspective for me. She related her own recent experience with rejection, more devastating than mine, and reminded me that there is always a reason for it. Sometimes the reason is that there is a better “fit” awaiting us in the future. We just have to be patient.

I think I can do that.

What was the most painful rejection you have ever experienced–in your writing life, career, relationships, or otherwise? Did it wind up being the best thing that could have happened?

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Character Names

Wendy Thibodeaux likes her name. I’m relieved, because I chose it for a few different reasons.

“Thibodeaux” is difficult to read by most–just like Wendy. Wendy is a complex character and often misunderstood by her classmates.

I didn’t want her name to be common or traditional, because she is anything but. “Wendy” has a lighthearted air that suits Wendy’s desire and ability to escape the rut she’s in. “Thibodeaux” reminds us of her Cajun ancestry. It affects her sense of humor and may lead to adventures in the future.

The other characters in BIRD FACE have names with special significance too.

Wendy’s best friend, Jennifer Sampson, is pretty and a bit pampered, as her given name implies. But she is strong (think of the Biblical character Samson).

Did you receive your given name because of a special quality, event, or historical or cultural figure? What does your family name mean, or does it have an unusual story behind it? Does your name affect how you behave or treat others?


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