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Character names are a Landmine

July 10, 2018

Authors need to be careful when picking character names.  That much is obvious.  If I wrote a story about a character named Roberta who had a secret life as a magician then everyone would think I lived that life.  I wish!  

 

When I set out to write my series I carefully chose the character names.  I envisioned the people first then conjured the names that seemed to fit. Imagine my surprise when my Neanderthal Constable Bradley was compared to a beloved and very hip nephew.  The comparison never occured to me or to his mother who was one of my first proof readers. If it had, I would have stayed with my orginal name, Constable Bradford even though it felt clumsy every time I wrote it.

 

I repeat, all the characters and events in the books are complete and utter fabrication.  This includes names, hair colour, wardrobe choices and personalities!  Don't look for yourself in the story - I guarantee you aren't there!

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