That’s How You Say It

Have you ever wondered how to pronounce the names of Paolo Bacigalupi or Jaclyn Moriarty or Maggie Stiefvater? Ever wondered if Elizabeth Wein’s last name is German, or if Jasper Fforde’s accent sounds as posh as his name? Well, wonder no more, because now you can listen to all these authors talk about their names at the Author Name Pronunciation Guide.

And yes, I’m there, too. You wouldn’t think anyone could mispronounce a name like ‘Michelle Cooper’, but you’d be surprised at how many of my teachers at school used to read out my name as ‘Michael Copper’. Anyway, I’m glad this resource exists, because if I ever meet Meg Cabot, I’ll now be able to say her name correctly. (All these years, I’ve been pronouncing her last name in my head as CaBOT, when it actually rhymes with ‘habit’).

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