Writing dialogue is a funny thing sometimes. When I’m writing Hunter Black, a lot of it just flows right out of me. Noir should have a sort of whip-crack wit, or at least I think so, and that’s kinda how my mouth runs, so it’s one of the easier parts of writing for me. But then, you need a character to say something that fits the Known World. I needed a “derisive diminutive” for members of the Human Divine…and that didn’t come easily. I finally settled “Mandies,” in part because it fits in Hu”MAN DI”vine, but also because Mandy was the worst character on my favorite show of all time, The West Wing.