I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog hop for A WHISPER IN TIME by Elizabeth Langston and learn her policies for naming characters. I absolutely love the covers for this series and I can’t wait to get a chance to read these books! Be sure to enter this awesome mega giveaway with gift cards, signed books, swag and more to celebrate the countdown to the release of this book!
A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston — Publication Date: April 8th, 2014
Elizabeth Langston: What’s In A Name?
It’s fun to name characters in a book, but it’s also hard. So I’ve developed a few rules that I use when picking names.
• I don’t give major characters the names of people that I’m super close to—or people that I can’t stand.
• I always check the meanings of names, to make sure that the meaning doesn’t conflict with the character.
• My current favorite actor or athlete will have a character named after him.
• Villains get names that I don’t like. Heroes get names that I love.
For the Whisper Falls series, I had the added burden of dealing with two centuries. I wanted the hero and heroine to have names that would work well in either period. Since Biblical names were popular in the 1700ss, I stuck with them.
Susanna: Originally, I named my heroine Lydia. But I already knew her personality—and my heroine just did not feel like a Lydia. So I kept looking on the “most popular girl names in the 1700s list”—and had nearly reached the bottom—when I found Susanna. It was perfect.
Mark: I named the hero next. I wanted his name to be strong. Like a warrior. And that’s what Mark means. It felt like a good contrast to Susanna.
Jethro: I don’t like this name. It fits my villain. And then I gave him the last name Pratt—which rhymes with brat.
Jethro’s daughters: All of the Pratt girls have names that began with D. There were not that many D names in use during the 18th best—Dorcas—is the only one whose name ends in an S. The others have names ending in AH or A. I wanted Dorcas to stand out.
Marissa: Mark’s sister does not do a good job of picking boyfriends. In order to give her incentive to do better, she will (by the end of the series) cross paths with Michael—who is named for Michael Fassbender (because that young man is incredibly…good at acting.)
My favorite current athlete is Eli Manning. (We both received our bachelor’s degree at the same university—which is reason enough for me : ) And, yes, in my next book series, you’ll see that name, because that’s one of my rules!
I love that Eli Manning is Elizabeth’s favorite athlete (great name too ;)) and I’m really looking forward to A WHISPER IN TIME! Thanks so much to Elizabeth for doing this guest post!
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Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night. In addition to I WISH, Elizabeth’s debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME (April) and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST (October), release in 2014. Learn more about her at http://www.elizabethLangston.net.