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I can't resist, anymore. I absolutely have to comment. I'm bored of being told that I have to be a doormat and don't comment on reviews publicly because it's unprofessional. I don't mean to be unprofessional, but I would like to make something glaringly clear - - - us authors do not, nor will we ever, spell out EVERY.SINGLE.DETAIL in a book. We shouldn't have to.
The one that has been battered to death in arrogance:
"Brayden's name isn't even 'English' "
His parents are billionaires. Who spent years traveling before their son was born. They have extended relatives and friends living in numerous countries. Who also like names from other countries. So, no, 'Brayden' is not entirely English. So what? That is not the basis for criticism in a review. That, in no way, moves or shapes me as an author. I chose that name on purpose. I like it. Therefore, his parents like it. I don't need to explain the whole history of his parents' lives before he was born and why they chose the name to justify it to the reader. Here, let me make up something to appease those in peril over the matter:
One very typical day at Waldorf, a young Kathryn James lovingly ran a hand over her protruding belly. She liked the name 'Brayden'. It wasn't English, but that's okay because British parents are allowed to choose names from any country they fancy. Hell, the top thirty baby names in recent years for boys and girls included Hassan, and Nur. Both Arabic. Oliver liked the name 'Brayden' because he actually had a third cousin twice-removed who was American, with the same name.
I bet no one would have commented on his name if that was in the book.
Also, I'm apparently from Texas. Or, my books read like something out of the nation of Texas.
Guess my very unEnglish Brayden and my very Texan, untalented, self will ride into the sunset, y'all.
Here's my email address.
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