When I was growing up, I loved Easter…Not the Easter bunny (as my parents didn’t do the Easter bunny) but the hiding and searching for Easter eggs. We (my sister and my cousins) would find them, someone would re-hide them, and we’ll all go look for them again. Those were some nasty eggs at the end of the day. And yes, there were eggs that were hidden and not found until weeks later when they would begin to stink!
But today I want to ask you about Easter Eggs in books…do you include Easter eggs in your books? Easter Eggs are like inside jokes…not everyone will get them. Sometimes you might plant an Easter egg that only your long time blog followers might get. For example, Nancy Martin blogs on The Lipstick Chronicles. Her lawyer is Kathy Sweeney. Kathy posted for years in the comments section (although now she is a regular contributor.) When Mick Abbruzzo had an affair (in Nancy’s Blackbird sisters mysteries), he slept with his therapist…Dr. Kathy Sweeney. It was a hoot for us long time followers.
But Nancy isn’t the only one who plants Easter Eggs. In The DaVini Code, on the back cover near the fourth comment there are some coordinates. These coordinates are for a sculpture located on the CIA headquarters grounds in Langley, VA. That is only ONE of many of them he built into his books.
It made me take a look at my own book, Texas Two Step. I have a few there very few people will get other than my close high school friends. Names, addresses, drinks.
It’s not just books. Last night we were watching Leverage, which stars Timothy Hutton. The characters were supposed to be dressed up as famous detectives. He declared he was dressed as the greatest detective of all times, Ellery Queen. I laughed. Timothy Hutton’s father was Jim Hutton, who played Ellery Queen on television.
I love find these. Is this something you look for in books and movies, or am I just odd?
Do you hide Easter Eggs in your writing? Do you do it on purpose or do they just appear?
If you’ve got a book out, give us a page number in your book(s) where you’ve hidden a fun fact.
EDITED 9 am CST I will be away from the computer until later this afternoon. But I will be back this evening.