What’s in a name?
by Laura Marie Altom, author of The Bull Rider’s Christmas Baby (Harlequin American Romance, Dec 2010)
For me—EVERYTHING!!! My characters are my “people.” And when it comes to telling their stories, I literally can’t write the first sentence until hammering down their names. There’s something inside me that just knows when the name fits the person. Until I get the name just right, the person won’t come alive. Wacky, but true!
For my new series, The Buckhorn Ranch, I’ve been working with cowboys. I think of them as earthy, hunky, manly men. As such, I needed special names to fit.
Dallas is the eldest of four siblings. His name not only calls to mind the modern strength of the Texas city, but the old TV series featuring J.R. Dallas has a huge heart, but is gruff and rough around the edges.
Cash is the youngest. He’s sexy as sin and knows it! Only trouble is that like money, he can be shallow!
Daisy’s the only girl in the bunch. From her name, you might think she’s a flighty, free spirit. In her younger days, she was pretty wild, but not for the reason folks expected.
Wyatt’s name evokes the old West. He’s a restless rogue who needs taming.
Next time you’re choosing character names, try looking beyond literal meanings to the feelings the names evoke. You might be surprised by “people” who show up!