I'm an easy going writer, or at least I'd like to think I am. Sometimes I pull other people close in order to share my universe and fundamentals with me. I pit my characters against other people's characters. And sometimes, I get burned.
The letter "M" by itself is no big deal. I have two people I know whose names start with M, and who sign their letters as simply M. And then I have "M".
M is a character who has a name of Magnus. He has been shared with a few writing partners and not so much the public because I'm working on Crooked Fang. Imagine my shock when a former writing companion decided to use that mechanic in her newest release.
My M goes only by M. I can prove it. He even has a Twitter account. He has gone by only M for a long stinking time, and this author couldn't wait to prove that it doesn't mean a damn stuck it in her excerpt not once, but twice in one page. I'm gobsmacked.
There have been other infractions of course, little things I've let slide. But this M thing? It really burns me raw. Really raw. Why? Because I've used it for years and now it's being used in a book that also has a title that runs a parallel to M's little nickname. A M/M book.
So you, author. I hope you're proud of what you did there. There's a fine line between inspiration and absolute imitation.