I'm so excited to let everyone know that my Blog Chain has been reorganized and re-started! These are such a great group of writers, and I am thrilled to be part of this.
This time the topic comes from Kate who asked the following:
What's in a name? What if had been ? What if Edward was Jacob and Jacob was Edward? What favorite books had character names that you loved or hated? And how do you come up with your own character names?
Names...I love names. I think they often reveal subtle things about the character. For me, I am as careful with the names I pick as I am about anything else. I research the meaning, make certain it matches my intent, etc. Names are kind of a big deal to me.
I remember being asked by someone to change Azza's name back in the early days of Lacrimosa. She wanted me to have it start with something other than "a" since Aydan's name started with "a". Man! What an impossible task. I tried a million options, and nothing! See, Azza was picked deliberately - short for Azzaziel, it is a name from mythology and completely perfect for the character. I couldn't change it. Not even close. It would have felt like changing my own name.
So I fought back, refused and yes...his name is Azza!
I get attached to names with characters. So, to the earlier part of the question, I couldn't change anything about the names of the characters I know and love!
Okay, that's it from me. I've been working 14 hour days and desperately finishing up a project. Time to go back and hide in my day job and writing cave.
For more from us about names, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.
PS - Don't forget about the ongoing tour. There are reviews out today, and more chances at the character giveaway.Click here for more info. And be sure to come tomorrow for a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!