Tuckerization for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

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Tuckerize: The use of a person’s name or description in an original story. Term is derived from Wilson Tucker who made a practice of using his friends’ names for minor characters in the stories.

I’m pleased to offer one Tuckerization for inclusion in my new epic fantasy novel, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, the opening volume of The Song of the Shattered Sands. There are of course a few fine details you should be aware of before bidding on this auction.

Firstly, the Tuckerized character will become a character in Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, the first novel of my new Arabian Nights-inspired epic fantasy series. If you’d like to learn more about the series, please visit its web page.

Secondly, although this is a secondary world (i.e. it isn’t Earth and doesn’t follow our history), the cultures within it borrow heavily from several different Earth-based cultures: among them Persian, Bedouin, Turkish, Moroccan, and North African. The world is a fantasy world and has a lot of Arabian Nights, but also the feel of Sanctuary from Thieves’ World, or a bit of the Book of Swords, from Fred Saberhagen.

Thirdly, know that I cannot use your name as-is. I can’t have an “Evan” or a “Sally” running around with Çeda and Emre and Ramahd. It simply won’t do. But the fun part is that I’ll convert your name into one of the cultures noted above. So, “Evan” might become “Evahn”, and “Sally” might become “Saleyma”. I’m very picky about names, but I promise (as much as I reasonably can) to keep the heart of the name intact. I’ll try to make the name sound heroic or dastardly or elegant or romantic, as appropriate to the character I create in the novel.

In all likelihood the character will play a relatively small role in the novel, but I’m going to include a few kickers in this auction.

In the event that this auction breaks $250, I will elevate the character from a minor character to a character of some import. This won’t be a primary or secondary character, but they will have some bearing on the novel. Think of how cool it would be to have your character crossing swords with Çeda, the main character, a female pit fighter, or sneaking across the dunes with Emre, her oldest and closest friend! I’ll also ask you a few questions about yourself to see if I can adopt some personal details for the character.

In the event that this auction breaks $500, I will ensure that the character either dies in a spectacular way or performs some major, selfless, heroic act. I’ll try to give the option to the one who wins the auction, but I’m afraid that story must come first, and I reserve the right to control it as I see fit. But as this is the highest plateau for this auction, I will try my damndest to make it something you’ll like. As I mentioned for the $250 kicker, I’ll ask a few questions to try (if you agree) to use some personal details for the character.

And, keep in mind, while I make no promises, this is going to be at least a three-book series. I’d like it to be five or six books, and if I end up liking your character, you may end up seeing your name in more than one book, perhaps even through to the end of the tale.

Thanks for looking, and please share the news. You might not be interested, but perhaps your friends would be.

To bid, please visit the eBay page for the auction.



  1. Paul Weimer (@princejvstin)

    December 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I keep getting outbid! I’ve single handedly driven your auction from $100 to $175 to no avail. The person with the top bid really wants it!

    • Brad

      December 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      😀 Keep bidding, Paul!