Superb Owl Sunday


Now here’s a funny thing. When a book is published many sets of eyes look over the manuscript. The author will reread their work over and over again. Beta readers and editors aplenty check and recheck, yet sometimes errors still get through.

It was only when I started writing Argentum (book 2 of my P.A.W.S. series) that I realized I had named two characters in the P.A.W.S. Institute, Cedric. Not only that, both were animagi owls. There was Cedric Ainsworth, the teacher, and Cedric, the librarian. None of my beta readers or editor or publisher had even noticed, but now I had a problem. Were the teacher and the librarian the same person? I toyed with that and then decided that they were father and son, so now there’s Cedric Ainsworth, Senior, the librarian, and Cedric Ainsworth, Junior, the professor.

In Argentum I even added a sister at the New York P.A.W.S. Institute, Maybeline Ainsworth also a librarian and an animagus owl. So Cedric, Jr, Cedric Sr, and Maybeline Ainsworth would like to wish you a happy Superb Owl Sunday!


Would you like a signed copy of P.A.W.S. and/or Argentum? I can do that.


2 thoughts on “Superb Owl Sunday

  1. So what? In real life, there are more than one Cedric….Characters are what you name them, even if they are the same name or similar; clearly it’s important to have these characters be identifiable with different voices, attitudes, etc. It should NOT be an issue.

    • Yeah, but there’s unlikely to be two people on the staff of the same small Institute who can change into the same animal and have the same (unusual for America) name. Plus of course it’s confusing for the reader.

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