January Children’s Books Author Interview Answer #2 “How do you come up with names for characters?”

Children's Books Author Interview
Children’s Books Author Interview

Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the January Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series!

I have to apologize for the delay in posting up the answers for Children’s Book interview series as we previously had two authors pulling out from the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we thank them for introducing two other authors for this interview series. But, now we now have not 12, but 14 authors participating in this group author interview.

Yes, I’m breaking the rules for this interview series! While looking for the last author to join us, I had to email a few of them at one go, just to make sure at least one of them gets back to me to complete this interview series. And guess what? I had not one, but THREE authors sending in their submissions at the same time! Can I say no to two of them? Would it be fair? No! So, yes, the more the merrier, I thought. Therefore, let’s welcome 14 authors for this interview series.

The first seven questions are from a ten-year old children’s book reviewer and BookTuber, named Neha Praveen. You can follow her on Twitter at @npstation2018

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So, the 2nd question is “How do you come up with names for characters?”

1) Author #1 : Ann Harrison-Barnes

Sometimes I get inspired by books I read, while at other times I may ask other authors for suggestions on ways to come up with names for my characters.

2) Author #2: Samantha Hardin

Sometimes, I use name generators online. Other times, I just think for a little while and come up with some.

3) Author #3: C.J. Rains

Names can be tricky. I’ve sometimes used names of my family members, other times I use names that seem to rhyme with words in the book or just sound interesting. Something that I feel will stick in the head of the reader

4) Author #4: Padma Venkatraman

The protagonist of my debut novel, CLIMBING THE STAIRS, is called Vidya – and I think it’s because subconsciously I knew that Vidya means knowledge, clarity and learning, in sanskrit and it fits because the main character yearns to climb a forbidden staircase to enter a library. I also have 2 cousins called VIdya, one was the daughter of my favorite aunt who always believed in me as a writer and naming a character after her daughter felt like a tribute to her.A Time to Dance also had a main character whose name began with a V – and it’s become a bit of a tradition with me now, because the narrator in THE BRIDGE HOME is Viji! 

5) Author #5: Elizabeth Gerlach

Since the book was inspired by my son Benjamin, the name was simple. His brother Colin and sister Ava also make an appearance in the first book.

6) Author #6: Cassie Miller

It depends, if it is based upon a friend or family member I ask them if they would mind their name being used or if they have a code name they would prefer. If the character is completely fictional I spend a lot of time on Google researching names and their meanings trying to find the perfect fit for what I want the character to embody

7) Author #7: Charlie Bee

That very much depends on the character and how we would like the character to be perceived, for example if we are writing a story for children  and it involves a mean character or villain, we would consider using a name that isn’t flattering, but also a little funny, to make the character less scary for the more timid reader. A good example of this would be Professor Toefluff.

8) Author #8: Jerry Craft

I usually take a long time to come up with the right names. Most times, unless I use one of my friend’s names, if it comes too quickly, I toss it out. I never want to use names that are so common that they appear stereotypical.

9) Author #9: Linda Covella

Often I search “baby name” sites for a name that seems to fit the character. If my story is historical, I’ll look up what names were popular in the character’s time period. Or, I may pick a name because of its meaning. For instance, “Fernanda,” the main character in Yakimali’s Gift, means “adventurous one,” which Fernanda is and longs for adventure in her life.

10) Author #10: Tracy K

From other stories I have read

11) Author #11: Beffy Parkin

Naming the characters is lots of fun. They can be bizarre and wonderful names, or names that everyone knows, as long as it suits that character. 

12) Author #12: Lory Linn

I guess that depends on the personality and age of the character. If I’m using the character’s name in the title then I like it to be something catchy, something people will remember, especially if it’s a children’s book.

13) Author #13: Karen Magnen

The names are sometimes people or animals in my life, otherwise I just pick names out of the blue. Common names that a child reading the story may have.

14) Author #14: Dr. Graham Clingbine

I use first names of friends from school days or sometimes family members (but only if they ‘’feel’’ right for the story I am writing). If not I will just use names I like.

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