Sunday, March 11, 2012

A funny thing happened on the way to Fallen Angel... aka The Author and the Trademark

A complication arose while writing Fallen Angel, the sequel to The Angel of 13th Street, that sadly, was a result of a legality. It seems the name I'd chosen for Noah and Doc's organization, A New Life, was free and clear when I wrote the first volume, but has since become a legally registered entity. What to do, what to do? I could simply avoid using the name of the organization in the story and call it "our organization", but that proved unworkable, so in the end, I changed the name and worked it into the plot line, using the truth as the reasoning.

Here's hoping that the new name isn't snatched up before I can complete the third installment, Broken Wing. I must write like the wind...


  1. Sigh. I almost quit writing the book when I discovered that. It was very depressing. Thank goodness I did a trademark check before I'd gotten too far.

  2. Understandable. And hard to work into the third book if the name changes again! :(

  3. I'm 30,000 words in, and so far the name hasn't come up. Maybe I'll be lucky!

  4. Sorry that this "complication" arose but can I just that I squee'd with great joy to hear there will be a third volume!!! :D

    1. and that should read "but can I just say..."

      My only excuse is that it's early and I haven't had enough coffee yet! :D

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  6. Well, I had to read it twice to see what you meant, because I didn't see missing word at first, so I guess I needed coffee too! That complication definitely tested my creativity. I do hope you like the continuation of the "Angel" tale.