In Shana Galen's new historical romance, When You Give A Duke A Diamond, heroine Juliette is one of London's most popular courtesans. We just love the character's nickname "Duchess of Dalliance" — it conjures up all sorts of naughty ideas! We were curious about how this notorious woman was given her handle. We also wondered if any other characters in Galen's Jewels of the Ton series had nicknames as well, so we went to the author to find out more.
Like any expectant parent, I agonized over possible names. Growing up, I never had a nickname. Let me rephrase that to say, I never had a nickname I liked. Once a nervy boy called me “Shane the Pain.” I say he was nervy because I was always tall for my age, and almost no one was brave enough to call me any names to my face.
But there are nickname I don’t mind. My husband and parents have sweet nicknames for me, and I chose a name with a cute nickname for my daughter. My characters are like children to me as well, and you can bet I agonized over their names and nicknames as well.
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