Is it Significant?
In this section, I will make an ongoing list of names, place, numbers, etc. and explain the reason I chose them. Keep watching, as I will update as new books are released. If you don't see a reference to something you think might have had a special connection, go to the Ask A Question! section under Contact Me. I may have forgotten something important. Or maybe YOU have found something I didn't even realize!
References from Amity of the Angelmen
- Allison Sheridan - Although I tend to use this name in other books, it is merely coincidental.
- Amity David - This was the name that started it all. I live near a town called Amity. One day, as I was running on a trail, I passed a sign for "Amity Fencing." I thought about how pretty the name "Amity" was as I ran. Remembering the French root of the word, "friendship," made it sound so pretty, I wished I could name a child Amity. Since I already had as many children as I wanted, the next step was to create a character with that name.
- Armand, the angel - Means "from the army." Hmm... the Battle is coming...
- The David family - David was a man after God's own heart. Also, a young man led to go one-on-one against a giant. (Ironically, that giant has been speculated by some to be of Nephilim origin.)
- Mackenzie Abel - Mackenzie the priest - Father Mackenzie - somehow sounded right to me. After I had written the book, the song came on the radio, and I understood why it was familiar, from the song Eleanor Rigby. The name Abel does refer to the Biblical son of Adam. It is significant because of what he presented to God.
- Matthew David - First born (and only natural born) son of the David family. Matthew is the first gospel in the canonized Bible. (Amity of the Angelmen is the first of four simultaneous stories leading to The Battle.)
- Mallory Evans - The name Mallory means unfortunate. I'm not sure if I had a reason for choosing this name or not.
- Mr. Newman -Well, yes, he was the new teacher, the "new man."
- Mrs. Schubert - Just a name with no associations that I could think of.
- Mrs. Sheridan, the Reader- The name Sheridan (Irish) means "searcher."
- Betty David - Another name that sounded like it flowed together. After writing, I think it just sounded a lot like Betty Davis, and that is why it sounded right.
- Paul David - Paul was one of the first to preach the gospel, so I found Paul to be a fitting name for a pastor.
- Marrgate, Florida - Knowing that to "mar" something is to ruin it, Marrgate just sounded like a great place to name the entrance to evil. Why Florida? I was looking for a warm place in the US, where my East Coast characters could travel in a day or two.
- Dewdrop, Maryland
- Thomasville, DE - Thomas was a doubter, and Mackenzie doubted his calling.
- St. Christopher's Academy - St. Christopher is the patron saint of bachelors.
- The lesson in Amity's 4th Grade Sunday school class - I thought of this lesson as I read "Jesus Freaks" by dcTalk. Some of the stories in that book were highly troubling, and even made me wonder if I would take such a brave stand for my Savior!
- No one praying in 5th Grade Sunday school - This is fairly normal in such a grade, isn't it? It was when I was that age.
- WBLZ - B(ee)LZ(ebub)
*All place names in Amity of the Angelmen are fictional.
What Will Be Important from the Paraquels in The Battle?
Questions that Will Be Answered in The Cause:
What happened to the humans left behind?