Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most famous characters of all time – but would she have had the same impact on the world of fiction (and film) if she didn’t have her fabulous name? Author Margaret Mitchell almost called her heroine Pansy – and let’s face it, Pansy O’Hara just does NOT have the same ring to it. So why are character names so important?
I have always been big on the importance of good names. I love discussing and dissecting them, and nothing makes me happier than hearing of a beautiful baby name. (Likewise, nothing makes me more annoyed than hearing a name I don’t like).
The same goes for character names. I cannot start a story until I have the perfect name for each of my characters. Names should be memorable and true to the time period that the story is set in. I instantly can tell whether or not the author has researched name popularity by what she names her characters – it’s pretty obvious that hasn’t been done when a contemporary romance has popular names from the 1960s in it.
So what about the books you read?
Release dates are hard to pin down.
As I’ve finished the first two books (out of five) in my first series, the question I always get is, “So when are you publishing those books?”
And the answer is – I have a rough idea (this fall) but beyond that, I don’t know.
Believe me, it’s as frustrating to say that as it is to hear it. Besides juggling a full-time job and other responsibilities, I’ve discovered that it’s very hard to write one book while editing another. So hard, in fact, that I’ve given that up completely. I’m only <1000 words into Book #3, but as much as it kills me to do, I’ve set it aside so I can finish editing Book #2.
Writing is fun. Editing is not. And of course I’d rather do the fun stuff instead of the not-so-enjoyable stuff, but I assume you all want a coherent book to read, so back to editing I go!
Thank you so much for visiting my site! My name is Cate Dashwood, and I write new adult romance novels. My first series, the Dugan Siblings, will be published in fall 2015.
You can visit me on Twitter at @catedashwood.