As a writer taking a rather unique path, I often receive a wide range of questions. So far, I’ve covered some broad topics which you can find here and I’ll continue to shed some light on further questions. With luck, you’ll gain some understanding and insight along the way.
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How do you decide on character names in your books?
For some of the characters in my series, I chose their names with care. For others, not so much.
Connor, for instance was chosen with care. If you look up his name’s definition, you’ll see that it is an anglicized Irish word that means lover of wolves. In the books, Connor’s best friend is a white werewolf named Shadow (also not a coincidence).
Conversely, Liam, although it is an Irish name (a nod to his mother’s nationality), was named this because of its meaning — a strong-willed warrior and protector.
Now, does this mean you need to name your characters something with meaning? No. But if you’re stuck and not sure, it doesn’t help to browse meanings and attach something with a bit of significance to who they are.
Not all of my characters come with names of significance. I’ll admit, I wanted a somewhat unique name for my first heroine, and I just happened to really like the name Aisling. On the other hand, Angela was named after an old friend. Her mannerisms and endearing qualities, like the screeching when she’s upset, was based on this friend and I wanted to honor that.
There’s no right or wrong way to name your characters, just go with what feels right and you can’t go wrong.
Coming up, I’ll talk about which of my characters relates the most to me.
Until next time,
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