Friday, August 20, 2010

Naming Characters

Need help with a #*)) name for your sidekick character? Try nameberry.com, the premiere baby name site.

In an interview on there, international bestselling mystery writer Jeff Abbot (Texas guy ) thinks naming a child is sometimes easier than naming a character.

When he started to write his new crime series about an ex-CIA agent who owns bars around the world, he wanted characters with names to match their personalities. It couldn't be JACK. Jack is the default name for every other action hero: Jack Bauer (24) Jack Shepard (Lost) Jack Sparrow (Pirates). Others heavily used are Jason (Bourne) and James (Bond).

So, after a search of non-trendy, simple names, he came up with SAM Capra. It conveys the toughness of its Italian origin and geniality of Frank Capra from It's a Wonderful Life.

Lots of good pointers in the article Naming Literary Characters: One author's advice.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I never actually thought of this...good link, I'm going to keep it in mind for future novels.

    So how are you, Sandra?? Did any leads from the conference work out? And, will you be planning on going to the DFW conference? I'm seriously thinking of going, so I hope to see you there!

    Stopped by to let you know, I just posted an interview with literary agent Laurie McLean on my blog: www.kayemevans.com/blog

    She provided awesome info, the most substantive answers I've received from a literary agent. Hope you can check it out!

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