There’s significance to Mara and Noah’s initials when put together. Were their initials planned entirely in advance, or were they something you noticed had potential when writing and thereby adjusted their names accordingly?
It depends what you mean by “in advance.”
Mara was Mara before I even put pen to paper, but I initially planned for Noah’s last name to be Dyer (an homage to Troy Dyer, of Reality Bites fame – one of my favorite characters ever).
But a few chapters into the story, it just wasn’t working for Noah, so I tacked it onto Mara’s name and, boom, it fit. Noah inherited his last name before I was halfway through the first draft of The Unbecoming, in July 2009, and Mara inherited her middle name at about the same time; I didn’t realize what their initials spelled out until I was writing notes for my first revision and they were staring me in the face.
Sometimes, your books are kind enough to give you gifts.
Mara, if you recall, what was the first thing you thought when you met Noah for the first time?
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, her first novel which is available now. The sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves October 23, 2012, and the third book in the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves Fall 2013. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.
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