Romance and Mystery Novels

by Alina Adams

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Friday, October 13, 2006


A reader writes below:

I just picked up your latest book yesterday and absoultely loved it. One question: did you know that there's a Ukrainian skater named Igor Marchenko before you started writing the series?

First of all, thank you for saying you loved the book -- that always makes a nuerotic writer's day. ;)

Secondly, the outline for the book that became Axel of Evil was written in the Spring of 2001. At the time, I was vaguely aware of Igor Marchenko. I'd worked the Winter Olympics in Nagano and even remember their long program (I *think* the last third was to We Are The Champions). But it was one of those cases where the name sounded good -- though I couldn't remember why. I thought I simply picked two relatively common Russian/Ukrainian names and put them together. (I actually originally called him Marchechenko, but then decided it was too long).

Since then, I realized I borrowed a name from a "real" skater. Not sure if anyone is out to kill him, though... Maybe I should track him down for a "Where Are They Now?"


  • At October 18, 2006 10:39 PM, Anonymous said…

    thanx for answering my question. :) if it's not a bother, can I ask why at the end Cooper says Jeremy'll be on the World team with him? Isn't Jeremy too young for senior worlds and be sent to junior worlds instead?


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