Ian Fleming- author of the James Bond books
A CAUTIONARY TALE for writers about the importance of visually checking for misspelling.
I was reading a book (The Man with the Golden Typewriter, edited by Fergus Fleming), which has reprinted the letters of IAN FLEMING. In one, he was relating to his publisher an amusing article that had been published in the local Jamaican newspaper, The Daily Gleaner. It read: “The groom in the wedding wore an orchid in his bottom hole.”
Just two letters changed the meaning, and nowadays even spell-check wouldn’t catch it!
I have another one, which hits closer to home. My wife worked for the Gap’s corporate office as a head pattern-maker. In one of the e-mails she received, the China factory was puzzled by an instruction from my wife’s young co-worker. They were asking her what this person meant by the instruction, “The dart is too long and needs to be centered.” However my wife’s co-worker spelled “dart” (a small seam) with an “F.” My wife wasn’t sure how to address this!
Tony Piazza (Courtesy of Charlotte Alexander)
Tony Piazza is author of the 1930s Hollywood murder mystery novel, “Anything Short of Murder,” which had its roots on the TCM fan website. His second novel, “The Curse of the Crimson Dragon” was published next in early 2012, and in November of 2013 his second Tom Logan Mystery, “A Murder Amongst Angels was released.” In July of 2015 his latest Logan mystery, “Murder Is Such Sweet Revenge” was made available for purchase, and has since been an instant bestseller. All are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. He was an actor/extra during the 1970s and worked with such legends as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Karl Malden. His non-fiction e-book “Bullitt Points” is an in depth look at the making of “Bullitt” from a person who was there. Look for it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, or at the link posted below. All profits go to the Boys Republic charity: www.bullittpoints.com.
Tony Piazza is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and SLO NightWriters.
The novels that started it all. The first and second novel in the Tom Logan mystery series have become audio books- read by actor James Romick, and is available on Audible, Amazon, and I-tunes.
The NEW Tom Logan mystery, “Murder is Such Sweet Revenge” is available in print, e-book, AND NOW audio book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. For audio- Audible, Amazon, and I-tunes.
My earlier bestselling novels, “The Curse of the Crimson Dragon” and “Anything Short of Murder” now joins “A Murder Amongst Angels” and “Murder is Such Sweet Revenge” on Amazon’s Kindle at a new, low price of $2.99. Now you can have hours of adventure, thrills, mystery, and romance for the price of a cup of coffee- and just as stimulating! Look for it on Amazon. Print versions have also been reduced.
Also: The new Tom Logan mystery thriller, A Murder Amongst Angels .
Find them all on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. Also available for $2.99 on Kindle.