Hi all!! Summer’s here–yay! While I’m not a fan of the heat, I sure do like the warm feeling on my skin-sunshine is awesome and addicting. (Can you tell I spend way too much time in air conditioning?)
But, on to the topic of the day.
I’ve always picked my names carefully when writing my novels. But I am going to share with you a secret of extremes here. When I first started writing I was of this opinion: “My character’s names are very important. If a publisher offered me a contract on my story but told me I had to change my heroine’s name I wouldn’t do it.” Then time moved on and I was of this opinion: “You want me to change her name to Susan? Done. Where do I sign?”
Okay, so I know they are both extremes and thankfully I’ve landed somewhere in the middle of those scenarios.
I’ve always loved naming my characters in my novels. The names have to “sound” right in my head. I’m not sure if that makes sense. Sometimes my names have a great significance in the book. In my novel, Rich in Love, my heroine’s name is Ann Thomas. She thinks her name is boring and dreams of having an exotic sounding name. (Like that will change her, right?) When she meets a gal named Anastasia, who goes by Stace, Ann is convinced that if she had a name like Anastasia, she would never shorten it. Not to give away spoilers, Ann learns something about her name that is a thread throughout the book. In this case, it would have been very hard to change her name.
Other books I’ve written I’ve just like the sound of the name. I’m always thinking of funny scenarios with names. I’ve always wanted to write a book where a gal named Tuesday meets a guy named Joe Friday for instance. When married her name would be Tuesday Friday. Fun stuff!
In my novel The Little Black Wedding Dress the heroine’s name was Kayla or something that began with a K. I can’t remember. My husband and I were listening to the 60’s station while we were driving and the Bobby Goldsboro song, Honey, came on. It’s really a sad song, but I loved the name. So the K girl became Honey. Her name is part of her personality because it’s a bit unusual. Anyway, once I changed her name the book took on a new life. Funny how that happens. I paired her with a guy named Porter. One of my very best friends that I’ve known my whole life, (literally we met when we were less than a year old) her last name was Porter. So there is the history of those names. And I loved how the story played out.
I like names that are quirky, but not too quirky as to take the readers attention off of the story because the name is so different. So here’s my poll. If I wrote a book with a heroine named Loxley, would that be too different for you?
I’d also like to hear your ideas on names. Common? Different? What are your favs?