Thursday, January 25, 2024

Q&A with Alexander Sammartino

From my Q&A with Alexander Sammartino, author of Last Acts: A Novel:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

A good amount, I think. It establishes a mood, a feeling.

What's in a name?

Oh, so much. Theories about naming—like Kripke’s idea that the meaning of a name is identical to its referent, or Frege’s notion that there’s some abstract sense a name also refers to—have long fascinated me. When writing, I try to take each opportunity for a name as its own situation. Sometimes I might choose a name to create a sense of geographic or historical realism, and, other times, I might choose something that sounds poetic or funny to call extra attention to that character or that location. The names all depend on...[read on]
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The Page 69 Test: Last Acts.

Q&A with Alexander Sammartino.

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