Where the Author got her name



From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A comment on Hadley’s name, but first, a brief anecdote-

I had a most pleasant surprise today when I ran into someone I know that I haven’t seen in a couple years.

While at Best Buy to replace my damaged cell phone, I recognized someone at the other end of the cell phone customer service counter.

It turned out to be Desiree Smelcer. A couple of years ago I did a book reading and signing at the South Hadley Public Library. Desiree was my contact person in that library.

She remembered me. I have since emailed her. The South Hadley Public Library has a copy of Hadley’s first book, Beckman’s Folly, but not Torch, the other paper book/ebook release. Hadley’s two other books were ebook only. In that email, I asked to make an appointment to see Desiree at her office to donate a copy of Torch to the library since I- very unprofessionally -didn’t followup with Desiree when Torch came out last year. And update her on the pending release of Hadley’s next book.

I had a great time at the book reading and signing at the South Hadley Public Library. It would be way cool to do that with them again sometime. Desiree is great to work with in something like that. And we’ll keep you updated on any possible personal appearances there.

Now being the perceptive person that you are, you’ve noticed something very obvious in this- the word “Hadley”. Yes, South Hadley, Massachusetts is a real place. And Desiree and that library are in that real place. South Hadley as in H-A-D-L-E-Y. As in Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Books, also spelled H-A-D-L-E-Y.


No. That real town near home to me is exactly where I got Hadley’s name.

Who knows- if there was a town near me called South Bertha, Massachusetts, I could be writing the Tales of the Vampire Bertha Price books.

Nah. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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