As you may have noticed from my previous post, I like unique names for my characters. What you may not realize, is that most of the names I use for my characters are names that I’m putting out of reach to use as names for any kids I might have. I absolutely LOVE the name Ruby. I have no idea why. I’d love to name a daughter Ruby, but then I think ‘how would she like that?’ and decided the only way to permanently put it off the shelf, was to use it for my character.
So far, I’ve got Ruby, Piper, Pagan (its a nickname really), Malachi, Jackson, and Roman. Not that all of my characters will be named in such a way, but those are the biggies. I also like to peruse http://behindthename.com for inspirational names, especially when it comes to bad guys.
Secondary characters get more fun names, like Ocean, Saga, Albreda, Rosetta, Isola, Fallon, etc.
Really, what’s in a name? To my way of thinking, Pagan (a secondary character who will eventually get her own book) is a kick ass chick, so I think that picking just the right name means everything when writing. I’m sure that somewhere along the line I will have characters with more ‘normal’ names and trust me, they won’t be bland either (or if they are, they won’t stay that way for long).