Choosing character names? Sometimes the Good Book can help
by Paula Graves, author of Bachelor Sheriff (Harlequin Intrigue, September 2010)
My process for naming characters can be haphazard—sometimes, I’ve come up with the name first and built the character around it, while other times, I strongly have a character in mind, and I have to search for just the right name.
In my current miniseries for Harlequin Intrigue, Cooper Justice, my characters are six brothers and a sister from a small-town Alabama family whose unspoken motto was “God, country and family.” They needed traditional names, so I went to the Bible for them—Hannah, Sam, Luke, Aaron, Jake, Gabe and James, who goes by J.D. You’ll get to read about Jake, Gabe and J.D. in their stories, Hitched and Hunted, The Man from Gossamer Ridge and Cooper Vengeance, out in April, May and June of 2011.
Ultimately, you have to view your characters as real people, and give them names that will help bring them to life.
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