Welcome to another blog hop. I’m currently in transit on the IOW ferry and so will answer any comments tomorrow. Today’s topic is:

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I write realistic fiction and so I like my characters to have realistic names – everyday names that people recognise. I also like the names to be short, as their names obviously have to be written over and over again during the course of the story and I can’t be doing with something outlandish that’s about 12 letters long. Unfortunately as a reader I do tend to avoid books whose characters have rather unusual names, as more often than not anyway those characters exist in fantasy stories that just do not appeal… to me anyway, although others may beg to differ.

Therefore in my latest (as yet) unpublished novel ‘Falling’, my two main characters are James Hynde and Olivia Benet. In previous books some characters’ names have been even shorter, for example Lyn and Neil Fuller in ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!, or the medium Rae Cordelle in ‘Finding David‘. I’m one of the keep-it-simple-and-keep-it-short brigade, and so far it’s worked for me. None of my protagonists will ever be called Skylar, Ridmark, Falco or Istvan.

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