aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

What's in a name?

Naming your characters can be hard. I like to choose last names that have meaning to me. In my first book, Circles of Confusion, one of men's names is Troy Nowell. I thought of him as no-well, as in, up to no good.

In the book I'm currently working on with a co-author, we have three main characters who need last names. One is a very private person. And I work with someone whose last name is Hedges. That seemed a perfect choice, because the character has walls around her. Another character , a prosecutor, is hard-working and will stop at nothing to learn the truth. Pierce seemed an excellent last name for her.

Then I went to see Little Children with LJer Monique Madigan. I read Little Children probably three years ago. I read a lot of books, but I did like this one a lot. I remembered the basics of the plot and the characters, but their names have been long forgotten.

Now I'm trying to decide if I absorbed more than I knew. Because one of the characters is named Hedges. And another is named Pierce. Obviously Perotta chose his names deliberately. Hedges is the ex-cop with a secret. Pierce is the woman who is striving for honesty in her own life. And Adamson is the ultimately fickle and reckless lover she tries to run off with.

site stats

Subscribe with
Blog Reader
Tags: little children

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment