Yesterday I posted about the variations on my name I've used on my books. Today, it's a different name-oriented topic.
First, a note: character names in literature are not sacrosanct. If I wanted to, I could write a book about Ahab, or Sam Spade, or Atticus Finch. I'd be mocked mercilessly, and deserve it--but it wouldn't be illegal.
And I recognize that my own literary creations are not as deathless as those.
Still, it's...disconcerting, let's say, to see a name you made up out of whole cloth be used in somebody else's book. In the title of somebody else's book, no less.
The name I'm talking about here is Joe Mundy, the protagonist of my graphic novel Zombie Cop. Now, Joe Mundy isn't all that famous. Zombie Cop kind of is--more famous than me--because it appeared on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and was written up all over the place, including in newspapers and magazines that ignored me before and since.
Still, there's every chance that Monty McCord never heard of it, and came up with the character for his book, Mundy's Law: The Legend of Joe Mundy, entirely independently. The book's being published in September by Five Star. I'm sure it's just coincidence.
It's just...well, it's a strange feeling.
Joe Mundy is my guy. Now he's somebody else's guy, too.
But mine came first.