Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and thanks for joining us this week. We hope you are safe and well and we are grateful you’re here!

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).

Annie closeup (3)

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…



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