Original character names!?!

One of my earliest difficulties was in coming up with original character names. The main characters were fine, they just came to me by some sort of inspiration. It was all the others (and there are quite a few!) Trying to think of original character names I found tricky and frequently unsuccessful. Such as the very early morning where I decided ‘Wilde’ would make an excellent surname and decided to pair it with ‘Oscar’ not realising how badly my brain was functioning until I wrote it down later!

Because the characters in my book are called by their surnames (most of the time anyway!) it added another dimension as I didn’t want any names to be too cumbersome. I looked in the phone directory, paid attention to the credits at the end of programmes, searched for names in everything I read. Finding myself trying and rejecting many different alternatives.

When I finally thought I’d come up with something appropriate for each character I would put the name into Google  just to make sure the results didn’t bring up anything unsuitable! In several cases that search meant I’d have to strike that particular name and start again as it would turn out to already belong to someone really quite famous! Just what I was trying to avoid!

I still keep expecting to come across something which may mean I have to change a name, keeping my fingers crossed that this won’t have to happen. At least not to any of my main characters, they’re all too fixed in my mind now!

Of course there is one name that isn’t revealed in ‘A Single Step’, I say ‘of course’ but that only applies if you’ve read it! Well you can’t show all of your cards in the first book!

Georgia Currently reading ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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