OK, blog community. Soliciting your opinions on character names today.
Names are VERY important in projecting the persona of your characters. Despite what Shakespeare said (he was pulling your leg).
THE PROTAGONIST: 34, grew up outside Texarcana. Modestly bookish type, editor of HS yearbook, etc. Brunette, slender, sharp features, not pretty but OK-attractive. Went to SF Austin for a couple of years before money problems. Moved away from home and to Houston. Worked, started putting herself through school. Got engaged. Doing OK until she had a bad auto accident, leg muscle damage and facial scarring. Broke up, lived with her hippie aunt for a while, then in a commune in Oregon. Back in Houston, back in school. Working as waitress, taking English and creative writing, writing fiction at night.
TOP NAME CHOICES (all names have a Welsh feel; that’s intentional):
THE HIPPIE AUNT: born in 1950, dropped out of college in 1970 and moved to San Francisco. Named herself. Totally into the drug and free love counterculture. Went back to college well after Vietnam, got a degree and a husband who lasted only a couple of years. Became a witch, discovered she more attracted to women than men, worked various New Age jobs. She and her older (and wealthier) partner opened a Wicca retreat center in the East Texas woods. Lis stayed with her for 3 years after her auto accident, and they are very close.
TOP NAME CHOICES:
Leave you comments in the next few days if you want to weigh in. I’ll be choosing shortly.