writing meme: days 3 & 4

3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?

I have to be very careful with names. There are names you’ll never see used inside Harlan County. Although that’s changing somewhat, names there remain very traditional. Last names are a problem, too. They seem to be place specific. So I have an old (1997 I think) Harlan County telephone directory.

As for places, I do write fiction, but it’s set in my version of a real place – see my response to question one from yesterday. However, I try to keep my descriptions as close to the actual places as I’m able. I have extensive research and gods know how many photographs of Harlan County that I use for reference.

4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!

Oh this is fun. If you’ve read my biography, you know that I wrote my first book when I was six. It’s a tiny thing written and drawn on yellow memo paper. It’s about a princess and her dog who live on the bottom of a large body of water.

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.