*Here we have the second half of my blogs about this book.*
Today’s blog post consists of an interview with the author, Cynthia Ruchti.
Cynthia, you reference a character with an interest in the meaning of names. As a name-lover myself, that caught my attention — haven’t seen that in a book before in just that way. What is the word for a student of names, and how did you come up with that character detail?
“The study of names is called onomastics, a field which touches on linguistics, history, anthropology , psychology, sociology, philology and much more. When people refer to the ” meaning of a name”, they are most likely referring to the etymology, which is the original literal meaning.”
Ever since I started naming my babies, now my characters, I’ve been fascinated with the meanings behind names. When I name my characters, I work hard on it, making sure the name fits the character. Or if it doesn’t, there’s a real good reason why there’s a disconnect. (Like naming a pitbull Fluffy because he chews up pillows.)
When an author names a character, sometimes it actually helps inform how that character will act on the page. But we also wrestle with, “No, I can’t use that name because my cousin might not appreciate having his name linked to a character like that.” Or “No, not that. Same name as that girl who stole my lunch money in first grade.” Or, “Well, what do you know? I already wrote a book with an Amanda as the main character!”
Researching the meaning behind a name will often give me an idea for a scene in which they “live up to” their name.
Cynthia, your main character had a wry sense of humor which I enjoyed. Of special notice was when she started making up hashtags or slogans that were pretty LOL. Can you give our readers an insight as to what made you come up with that humorous bit? (I have my suspicions )
“I personally love the humor that naturally erupts out of weird or telling hashtags, such as: #eatingoreoswhenishouldbeexercising
My love for millennials, GenZ, and whatever comes after that is strong. Watching my own kids and grandkids communicate in snippets reminds me that sometimes it’s not what’s said but what’s left out that is poignant or humorous or both. I also needed to make the characters in Facing the Dawn–all of which deal with their own battles with grief and loss–have room to breathe, a lighthearted moment, something to laugh about, a little comedic relief. Mara often used humor and her wry wit as a coping mechanism. Many of us do.
Thank you Cynthia Ruchti, for answering my questions. I sincerely enjoyed the book, and was thoroughly impressed with the depth of the story and the trials the characters went through – unique! I hope if find a wide audience.
Facing the Dawn was a real wow on so many levels. The author includes several plot lines that are super fresh and new. Also, the humor amidst the sorrow–as the main character struggles up from bottom, was refreshing and made the subject matter so real. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-written book and a good story.
The way the author unfolds the main character’s family events is creative, and hits a lot of the right notes. Almost as if one were unwrapping a gift very slowly.
Windows to the future are partially opened, which gives hope, but nothing feels cliche or superficial. The writer’s light touch when showing us crisis events gives us space, and that makes the burden tolerable. You will be astounded by the many plot strands that are skillfully woven into a fantastic read.
This post is by romance author: Susan Karsten