What's in a name?
That famous line uttered by Romeo has SO much to do with writing. How do you chose your character's names? Stephenie Meyer picked Bella's name, because it's what she would have named her daughter, a woman in RWA with me picks out normal names and drags out vowel sounds or softens them.
How do I pick my character's names?
Well there are a number of ways...
My main character's love interest in MY PAPER HEART is named Blaine Crabtree.
Now I love me some college football, so I combined two college footballers names. Blaine Gabbert of Mizzou and Michael Crabtree = Blaine Crabtree.
But Olivia Grace Gentry...that one took some more thought.
But a book is like your child, you raise it, take care of it, then send it off to school to let a teacher watch over it and guide it...(or an agent), so I thought the best way to do that would be a baby book.
I loved the name Olivia, and Libby for short, and just combined different names till I got the perfect one. (This also helps for any supporting characters as well...or if you happen to get a birthday gift in finding out that your pregnant...SURPRISE).
How do you find your character's names? Do you need to borrow my baby book?