I was trying to name a new character in one of my mss the other day, and having a hell of a time.
So, what was the problem, you ask?
Shane's a nice name.
But I had already used it in another ms.
But Shane wouldn't let me go. This Shane insisted that I use his name this time in this book. Forget the other one. Change his name Shane #2 demanded.
But I already had him fleshed out, knew him pretty well.
"I don't really know you yet," I protested weakly.
"Just do it," he insisted.
So, I caved. I made Shane #2 Shane #1 and renamed Shane #1, which wasn't easy. He was pretty mad about it.
Many years ago, my friend Kim and I each sent in a synopsis to Leslie Wainger for critique. The one thing that stands out even after all these years is that she hated my characters' names. They were Morgan and Zane. Morgan was the hero, Zane the heroine. Ms. Wainger went on for quite a bit about how she didn't like boy names for girls.
I love them.
I currently have an Andy who is my heroine in Rescued.
And I don't plan to change her name anytime soon.
Not even if she begs...
I'm curious, how do you pick your names, and has it ever been a struggle?