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This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous A.S. Fenichel:
How do you choose your character’s names? Do you have a system, a book, an app or is it random?
Finding character names is always a challenge for me. I don’t want to re-use names, so I am constantly on the lookout for interesting choices. Sometimes I make them up, sometimes I meet people with unusual names. But, most of the time, I depend on Google. If I am writing an historical, I look for names from that period. I don’t want to choose a name that doesn’t make sense or pulls the reader out of the story. For example, I once had a female character I initially named Sherauthera. I have no idea where that name came from, but not only was it a tongue-twister, it was distracting. Yes, I changed it.
The process for me is like naming a new pet. You try out a bunch until one just feels right. (Just ask Annie).
In my latest WIP, I have a Gabriel and a Donovan, a Cassie and an Evelyn. And I just know they are all going to have a happily ever after.
In the meantime, you can read about Liza and Nash…
Now let’s hop over to the wonderful Caro Kinkead and see where she finds names…