The Name Game
Naming the characters in a book is a crucial step in the birthing process of any creative literary work. Names are powerful. All of us have stored names of males and females in our minds that trigger certain memories whether good or bad. There are some names I know I’ll never use in a book because I can never picture my character without remembering that person.
Crazy? Maybe. On the other hand there are plenty of names I can’t wait to use in a book. I love coming across different or unusual names (not too unusual) when I’m researching for another WIP. Sometimes, I hear possible character names in songs or television shows. Movie credits always give me ideas. I’ve started keeping a list of these gems. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “I’ll remember it and use it later.” I’ve lost some good ones by not writing them down.
I tend to lean towards one or two syllable names for many of my alpha hotties, like Vander in As You Wish or Quin in Hearts & Diamonds. Both names sound strong and sexy. Say them out loud…can’t you just imagine a tall drink of dreamy male goodness?
I believe many readers bond with the name first and the character second as they delve deeper into the book. I’ve read books with character names I couldn’t pronounce or that I disliked to the point I renamed the character in my mind so I could enjoy the story.
So, I spend time choosing the perfect name for each character in my stories. I love it when the heroine or heroes’ name pop into my head in the middle of the night or day. I instantly know my muse has spoken and it almost feels like magic!
When I can’t get my muse to cough up a name I play the name game. I take the setting for the story, ethnicity, character personality, and other insane criteria I won’t bore you with into consideration. The end result is usually a name I love for my characters which I adore!
Have you ever read a book with a character’s name you didn’t like? Did it hinder you from enjoying the story? I’m curious! Leave a comment and you could win a copy of Hearts & Diamonds coming to Total E-Bound on March 7th!
Here’s the blurb:
Passion sparks the moment Nia Sanders unknowingly meets federal agent Quin Rios.
Nia Sanders knows diamonds. She appreciates and envies the heart-felt emotions of her customers buying them. When federal agent, Quin Rios saves her life in the middle of a violent jewel heist, she finds herself attracted to the sensual possibilities beneath his uber professional, self-contained persona.
Determined to keep her safe as he solves the case, Quin can’t let his attraction to Nia distract him. The heat of their fiery passion consumes them as they both struggle to control their emotions…neither are prepared to lose their heart.
Nia gasped as her mouse slipper slipped beneath her and she stumbled towards Quin. The water hit him seconds before she fell to her knees in front of him. “I am so sorry.” She blinked in sheer mortification as the liquid seeped into the dark fabric on his thighs. Her gaze drifted further up his leg to see the unmistakable bulge inches away from her.
Nia dragged her eyes up from his pants to meet his heated gaze. “No, it’s not.”
Quin ran his finger down the tip of her nose. “It is. I needed to cool off anyway.”
A ribbon of desire coursed along every nerve ending in her body as he stood up and offered both hands. “Let me help you up.”
She took them, visualising an actual spark of electricity from his touch as he yanked her up from the ground. “Thanks, Quin.” She lifted her chin, saw the same longing in his eyes and something twisted in her stomach as they stared at one another. She laced her fingers with his as time stood still. “Kiss me.”
The whispered request shocked her. She waited with baited breath for him to move, her words, her heart lay before him. Just when she would’ve pulled away, he groaned and pulled her against his chest.
His hands skimmed up her arms, into her hair as he kissed her. She melted into him, wrapped her arms around his neck and welcomed his fierce kiss. He took over and she wanted him to. Her moan of pleasure only encouraged him to delve deeper, tasting and stroking her tongue as he backed her up against the dining room wall. She could barely breathe, lost in the rhythm of his masterful kisses. One hand left her hair to cup her ass, kneading the soft curve beneath her dress. She ran her hands through his hair, loving the feel of the thick texture between her fingers as he pressed his hard cock against her belly.
“You’re so sexy,” Quin said, breaking away to look down at her.
“Ditto.” She closed her eyes as he claimed her lips again, this time in a soft, sensual caress that left her boneless. He ended the kiss and her body craved more.