As I complete the final edits to prepare for the publication of a revised edition of the first Danni Deadline thriller, I found this blog explaining the Lovely County connection.
Choosing names for fictional characters and places can be a challenge. A writer has to be careful to make sure names of various characters aren’t too similar, fit the characters, and are something the reader can remember.
While writing A Lovely County, I started out with the real names of the locations I envisioned in Northwest Arkansas. But later in the process I decided it was best to come up with fictional names so as not to disparage actual places. I decided on the name Lovely County because of its historical significance. The title has taken hold in my writer’s mind. I plan to name the next book in the series A Lovely Murder, which is likely to be followed by A Lovely Grave.
Although fictional, the name is based on the historical Lovely County, which was named for William Lovely, an Indian Agent who purchased land…
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Wasn’t a section of NWA once referred to as Lovely County?
Yes, it was, Russell. This early blog explains that. One of the counties should have kept the name. There’s a newspaper in Eureka Springs named “The Lovely County Citizen” in honor of the former moniker. Thanks for reading!