One of the aspects of writing that I’ve always struggled with are names. I cannot name a hero or heroine to save my life, even with a small library of baby name books at my disposal. (We won’t talk about how long it took me to actually name my kids.) Titles are even worse, but in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think they’re quite as important as what you name your characters. You want the reader to fall in love with your hero, and that could be hard if his name is something like Seymour. Now, I had a cat named Seymour and I adored him, but it’s hard to imagine your fantasy man when you’re too busy picturing Rick Moranis in Little Shop of Horrors. (Apologies to any Seymours out there. It’s a perfectly wonderful name, but it’s just not romance hero-y, that’s all.)
Then again, I’m not into off-the-wall names like Bramble and Stone. I’ve read books where there are so many unusual names for characters that you have trouble remebering who is whom just because you’re too busy trying to figure out how to pronounce them. No, I like my simple, everyday, white bread names. I am boring.
However, I think I really walk the line of too dull. I mean so far my heroes are named Kevin, David and now, in Happy Medium, I’ve got Jeff. Mind you, I like the name Jeff. It’s kind of my go-to placemarker name. In fact, this is the third Jeff I’ve used in various works-in-progress. So I need to either use Jeff for real this time, or I need to come up with something better. And that’s where you come in.
What do you think my hero should be named? Here’s how it works – below is a descrition of the character. You suggest a name in the comments section or email me at email@example.com, and I’ll draw an entry at random to win their choice of a Samhain e-book. Winner to be drawn Friday, July 17th. What could be easier?
Okay, so “Jeff” is a cop. Not a tough-as-nails kinda guy, but smart, competant, and very skeptical about the occult. So when voices start telling him what to do, he insists it’s just his gut instinct kicking in. He works in homicide, but when he comes accross the Blotz family, who do “spirit readings” from their bookstore, he’s not above trying to close them down – especially when they’re taking advantage of his partner’s widow. But are they really the frauds he thinks they are? And what does he do when he falls for the smart-mouthed daughter, Alexandria?
So name that hero, folks!