Today I’m hosting a guest post by author Carol Braswell, the author of romantic suspense novel “Finding Amy”. The author is talking about character names, always a fun subject!
What’s In a Name?
by Carol Braswell
Author of Finding Amy
I have had other writers say they have a hard time coming up with names for their characters. Even well known authors. My first thought is, why?
Picking a name for your character is a daunting task. They must fit the person you have pictured in your mind. Is he short, tall, slim, strong or weak? Is she pretty, young, old, wrinkled, or curvy? What are their likes, habits, personality? The name has to fit the character. I wouldn’t stick a name on my humble, young, beautiful, blond that didn’t reflect her personality. Would you?
Some do. Searching through books I’ve read and some I haven’t I find a lot of the names that don’t match the picture I have in my mind for that character. And I realize, my idea of the character and the author’s idea are different. That’s why, a lot of times I’ll flip back to the cover to see what the people on the front look like. Imagine my surprise when the story talks about the heroine’s raven red hair and the front cover shows a blonde. But that’s another blog.
I like simple, common, everyday, modern names. How many times have you seen colorful names in books? I think authors tend to pick the names they wish they had. Some I found are Marusia. Now if you pronounce this correctly, it is a beautiful name. How about Vernetta. I’ve never heard that one before. Or Neddy. That sounds short for something else and so does Izzy. Can you put a face to these names? I can but I won’t go into that here.
So where do I find my names? Loads of places you might not have thought of. I have a phone book on my desk. I never pick the full name of anyone in the book. I find a first name I like then flip through to search for the last name. Another place is reading the list at the end of a movie. I know, it goes by too fast but I catch some of them and write them down. Of course there are baby books from several publishers, but they tend to have trendy names. I also have The Hidden Truth of Your Name; The Nomenology Project. That one will almost describe your character for you.
In my soon to be released book, Finding Amy, the three character descriptions for the name Amy fit her perfectly. However, I found I had spelled her twin sister’s name incorrectly. I had Jamie and it should have been Jaime. But her profile description was on the money.
Because my characters are so real to me, I find it easy to give them names. Or they tell me what their names are. Whichever; it works for me.
Where do you look to find character names?
Author: Carol Braswell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
What begins in Montana as routine for Texas Ranger Carson Garrett, quickly turns into a ‘run for your life’ chase in order to protect the two women and child he is returning to Texas.
How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
When Texas Ranger, Carson Garrett is assigned to locate and place in protective custody the wife of a man suspected of illegal activities with a Columbian drug lord, it turns into more than routine. The estranged husband has put out a hit on his wife and the only person who knows where she is hiding is her twin sister, Amy Summers.
Protecting the sister she loves may be the thing that destroys her…
It is a race against time for Carson to find Amy, convenience her of the imminent danger and get her to lead him to Jamie so he can escort both women and Jamie’s four-year-old child back to Texas.
Even if they make it can love on the run survive?
Besides the obvious problems of running from a man who is trying to kill them, Carson and Amy have an instant attraction to each other and it is clouding his usual sharp judgment and causing them both to make costly mistakes.
A determined hitman, a diabolical plan. There is only one way to stop them both…
I love to write. I love to put characters in situations that seems impossible to get out of. Almost. Then, out of the blue, along comes that sexy, breathtakingly, handsome hero who can and will save the day. Sometimes, (I like this part), it’s the heroine who steps up and saves the day. I love to write. Did I mention that? Anyway, I love mystery, suspense and the forever kind of love. When someone asks me, “what do you write?” I can’t say romance. It’s not that simple. I want action, adventure, suspense with caring, loving, sexy, characters that seem to find trouble wherever they go.
I am married to my real life sexy hero who finds my imagination intriguing, but refuses to read my books. Thank God. Our, live-at-home children greet us at the door with tongues hanging and tails wagging. They travel with us when we vacation and get depressed when we have to leave them. We have four grown children who live close enough for us to see often.
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