Tuesday, March 24, 2015


As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N. K. Traver decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn't too many years later Traver realized it didn't matter what the job paid--nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped.

Traver applied the Page 69 Test to Duplicity, her first novel, and reported the following:
From Page 69:
I jerk another drawer out, one that used to hold my old Goth things from my days dating Ginger: belts with poison symbol buckles, spikey collars, chains, armbands, and my small but loud collection of weird ties. Now expensive watches and cufflinks fill the space, tidy as the other drawers.

Not mine not mine not mine—

“One,” Mom counts, from the other side of the door.

“One sec, geez.”

I toss the drawer away and throw my shoulder into the dresser. This time it yields, jogging reluctantly along the carpet and back into place.


I pull the door open, out of breath. “Mom, I’m not twelve anymore. Quit with the counting thing.”

“Could have fooled me,” she says. She strides past me and surveys the drawers, starts to ask about them, then shrieks.

You broke your new mirror? That was two hundred dollars! What is wrong with you?”

“Mom, I didn’t—”

“I can’t believe this! I try to do something nice, I thought you must be upset about something since you broke your last mirror and that pretty girl hasn’t been over yet this week—”


“So I bought you a new one. Per usual, Brandon, my hard work is repaid with your knack for destroying everything.”
Page 69 is representative both of the main struggle Brandon’s dealing with—that his mirror reflection is really screwing up his life—and the conflict he faces at home. In the way his mother keeps cutting him off, and in that last line especially, I think this sample does a good job showing that the book isn’t just about mirror shenanigans.
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--Marshal Zeringue