Fiction Becomes Fact

Reading & Writing

Reader Karen Pinder has named her little girl after a character in my novel ‘Calabash’, which is a compliment I’ve never had before. The story tells how a boy with too much imagination, trapped in an English seaside town, finds his way to ancient Persia via a portal at the end of the town’s pier, and describes the adventures he has there. It was written as an adult novel and perhaps should have been aimed younger, as it never really found its audience – yet it’s the book I receive the most mail about. Hopefully one day I’ll get to return to Calabash, or maybe get the original republished. Meanwhile, here’s little Eliya (confusingly sporting a Fred shirt). Oddly Amazon has the book with a red cover, whereas mine is blue…
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4 comments on “Fiction Becomes Fact”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    So, Child named “Eliya” wears a shirt saying “Fred“, which then makes the jacket of Calabash turn red. Makes sense to me.

  2. Karen Pinder says:

    To lay rest to any conspiracy theories; she is wearing a ‘Fred’ shirt because she has a 3 1/2 year old brother named Frederik, and she is his biggest fan. (there is a childrens clothing brand here in Australia called Fred Bare).
    Sorry the reason isn’t more interesting. 😉
    Karen Pinder (Eliya’s Mum)

  3. David Read says:

    You are clearly not as important as amazon, theirs is probably jewel encrusted and hand printed by unemployed royals..

    We named our son Lewis (now 5 years old!) after Lewis Collins in the Professionals… I am not sure what that means, other than the fact my wife fancied him….

  4. Calabash is my favourite book. Love it. My cover is blue too.

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