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Imaginary Girls Blog Tour: Secret #3

Please welcome Nova Ren Suma to GreenBeanTeenQueen! Nova is visiting blogs and spilling secrets about her new book, Imaginary Girls and I've got secret #3! Check out Nova's Twitter for all her tour stops! Be sure to enter for your chance to win a signed copy of the book!!

I’m here spilling secrets about my book Imaginary Girls. As the cover says, “Secrets never stay below the surface.” I guess not, because here’s another one bubbling up now…

Secret #3: I don’t always know my characters’ full names. And sometimes I steal names from questionable places.

I know everything about Ruby and Chloe, the two sisters in Imaginary Girls. I created them, I built them up from nothing, and I know what they’d say, what they’d think, and what they want for breakfast. But there’s one thing about them I’ll admit to you I don’t know, something I never decided. Their last names.

All I know is that Ruby and Chloe have different fathers—they’d slap you if you called them half-sisters, so don’t do it; they’re sisters, wholly and completely—but because of who their fathers are, they don’t share the same last name. For a long time, I kept cycling through last names for them, giving one to Chloe, another to Ruby, taking both back and changing them up, until finally I realized that their full names didn’t need to be in this story for them to be full characters. I guess their true last names are the one secret they kept from me, even after all the time we spent together.

Now I admitted that, I have one more secret to reveal about my characters’ names in Imaginary Girls. Sometimes I’ll borrow a name from somewhere I shouldn’t, with the intention of changing it later. That’s what happened with London. She got her name because while I was writing a draft of this novel I was also nursing a serious reality-TV addiction. America’s Next Top Model was on… And one of the girls on that particular season was named London… And you guessed it. I liked the way it sounded for my London, so I used the name as a place holder. Unfortunately, when the time came to change it, I couldn’t do it. London Hayes was London Hayes, and she refused to be called anything else. I guess this is one of the dangers of using temporary names while writing, and also one of the great risks of watching too much television.

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  1. That is hilarious, because I was literally watching reruns of ANTM during the time I read your book, and I noticed there was a girl named London on the show!

    I would love to know where the names Ruby and Chloe came from, too. It's always so hard to name characters, I think.

  2. Well, names are a hard thing to pick. I'm having a baby soon and I'm stuck on picking a name.

  3. Sarah, Thank you so much for hosting me on the IG blog tour!

    And thank you to everyone who entered to win a signed book!

  4. I'm reading this one right now. It's a bit creepy (in a good way) and I'm unsure what is really happening. Both make it a compelling and fantastic read. I don't think I'll know what's really going on until the very bitter end.

  5. I'm reading this book right now!! I love it and I'm only 11!! :D The first murder story I've ever read... What I think is weird is that Ruby reminds me of my older sister, my sister is also like a celebrity in my town too! She's beautiful and nice, and we share an amazing bond that only sisters could share, too :) But of course, my sister didn't bring anyone back from the dead, or date more guys than she could count XD


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