We all know the physical Easter eggs, but do you know what literary Easter eggs are? In books, they refer to surprises the writer has left for the reader to discover. It can be an inside joke, a reference to pop culture, a link to previous works of the same author that are not in the same world or series, or even stories from another author, you name it. Easter eggs can be a character/name, a place, an object, or a line in dialogue, and they can range from super subtle to obvious.
It’s super fun to spot Easter eggs in books, and MM romance has its fair share of Easter egg-loving authors too…including me. So the question is: have you spotted any Easter eggs in my books?
Let me give you a few examples:
- In Loathed: Lagan, the legal clinic where Killian and Lagan volunteer is described as having a framed picture of President Shafer on the wall. This is an inside reference to my White House Men series, where President Shafer is one of the main characters.
- In Clean Start at Forty-Seven, Kinsey has a subscription to a porn site called the Ballsy Boys. This is a reference to the Ballsy Boys series I cowrote with K.M. Neuhold.
- The White House Men series has a lot of Easter eggs that refer to The West Wing, which is one of my all-time favorite TV series. For example, Levar has a goldfish named CJ, after CJ Cregg, one of the main characters from The West Wing. Henley’s editor is called Toby, after another main character, and a side character (a CNN reporter) is named Donna, after Donna Moss from The West Wing. Yup, I had some fun with those!
But there are many, many more Easter eggs in my books, including one reference to something I love dearly that you’ll find in almost every book of mine. Who knows what I’m talking about? And have you spotted any other Easter eggs in my books or those in other MM romances? I’d love to hear some more examples!