Last week, I announced the release date of Pink X, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (aka Miss Gwen’s book). Over on Facebook, Anya posed an excellent question: why plumeria?
Here’s an entirely disorganized list of reasons why:
— I needed a flower that began with the letter P.
It’s not just because P is for parasol (although, yes, that was a consideration, and, as Miss Gwen would like me to point out, P is also for poking people, generally with parasol). Miss Gwen’s signature color is purple. She’s been wearing it since Pink I, loud and proud, generally with purple dyed feathers to match. Purple Plumeria had a pleasantly euphonious ring to it. Try it! It rolls nicely off the tongue, doesn’t it?
— I wanted something related to India.
As you know, at the end of The Garden Intrigue, Eloise and Colin have just set out on the trail of the lost jewels of Berar. Let’s just say that the jewels play a not insignificant part in the historical story as well. Plumeria is a form of frangipani, which, as any devotee of M.M. Kaye knows, invariably blooms all over the place in novels about India. It’s a tenuous connection, but at least it began with the letter P.
— In some cultures, plumeria is connected with vampires.
I have mentioned that Miss Gwen is writing a gothic novel, right? Not to give too much away, but you know that whole vampire thing? She absolutely beats Lord Byron to it. And you know for sure that her vampires don’t sparkle!
— It makes an excellent faux gothic heroine name.
Originally, the heroine of Gwen’s gothic novel was going to be named Amarantha. But that didn’t sound quite right. The heroine was really much more of a Plumeria. (Working title: The Perils of Plumeria.) Excerpts from Gwen’s gothic novel, starring the proud Plumeria, appear at the beginning of each of the historical chapters.
Sadly, I now have “P is for parasol, that’s good enough for me!” stuck in my head.
More on The Passion of the Purple Plumeria coming soon!