Jillian, I have the tea brewing in the pot, please entertain our guests while I remove the scones from the oven.
Many, many thanks to the lovely
Liberty for inviting me over to chat a bit
today. Now I know she likes to impart tidbits of wisdom on her blog, so I'm
going to endeavor to give a little something to the writers who read this post.
It may be a very little something, but anyway, here goes. Let's talk a bit
about naming characters. I'm a huge fan of giving my characters names that mean
something. I even have some baby name books and one super resource called Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn
Every once in a while, though, inspiration comes from elsewhere. In my novel, Hot Pursuit, for example, Cecil is the hero and Evangeline is the heroine. If I'd used my sourcebook, I probably wouldn't have chosen these two names. Cecil means blind and I guess it could fit this character as he seems blind to everything but his quest. Evangeline means bringer of good news and this doesn't fit her at all. I mean, really, she's a lawyer- what good news could she bring? - "Oh, yeah, hey, you've been sued." Yeah, right.
Anyway, let's get past all that and let me tell you another fun way to grab names for characters. I travel a lot. When I travel by car, I pay a lot of attention to the road. I also notice signs along the way as well as exits. Once when I was driving to
read an exit sign near Montgomery.
It was for two towns. One called Cecil and one called Waugh. I jotted them down
as they sounded cool. Later on the road on the same trip, I noticed an exit in Georgia that had Senoia and Griffin on it. Jotted those down, too.
About six months later, I was heading down I=75 from
Atlanta to Tallahassee
and saw an exit for two towns called Ocilla and Sycamore. Fast forward about a
year and a half. I decided to write Evangeline's story and used Cecil Waugh as
the hero's name, Senoia Griffin as the name of the heroine's client and you'll
have to read the book to find out exactly who Ocilla Sycamore is.
As to Evangeline's name, I have a friend named Rita Van Fleet who suggested I write a story about an all-female law firm. I wasn't too sold on the idea at first but after I started it, I decided it was a pretty fabulous jumping off point. So, in honor of her and another friend of mine named Evangeline who goes by Van, I named the heroine Evangeline (Van) Fleet. So, you see, there's inspiration all around for great character names. Go out and find some!
As I read this over, I realized I over-used the word name, but what's a girl to do? What other name for name is there?
Van and Cecil's story is called Hot Pursuit and it truly is a chase across the globe.
Blush sensuality level: This is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic in frequency or type).
Racing across the globe to help a client isn’t part of corporate lawyer Evangeline Fleet’s normal legal services, but this is no ordinary client. She’s the beloved daughter of an old family friend. In her efforts to save the girl, Evangeline gets in over her head when sexy Interpol agent Cecil Waugh enters the picture in hot pursuit of her client. He follows the lawyer on an international chase from
New York City to Rio de Janeiro where they forget their differences for a
moment and fall into bed together. Before the sheets can even cool Evangeline
makes a daring escape, leaving behind her lover.
Relentless in his quest to find Evangeline’s client, Cecil continues the chase across
Europe. But it soon becomes unclear who his main target
is—Evangeline’s charge, or the spitfire of a woman herself. Only time will tell
how hot this pursuit will become.
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