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Choosing Character Names

Another interesting topic, Rhobin. How do you choose your characters’ names? Are there any you avoid?) Choosing names, for me, can be a challenge. It also varies with the book. I’m a plotter so I work out a plot before I get to know my characters well. If I’ve begun plotting and have a hero/heroine and maybe the idea for the mystery or suspense, I may have a name in mind or I might have no idea at that time. Other times I may pick a generic name when I start writing. It’s like a placeholder. Once I’ve developed my characters and get to know them the name will come to me. It’s a name that fits that person. Often the character’s physical appearance, characteristics, or actions will lead to a name that fits. If I’m writing in a different local, perhaps Mexico or in the Caribbean, I will look up names for male or females in that country and their meaning. If I’m writing a different generation, I may look up popular names from that era. In my Hawkins’ Family series, I researched names from the Blackfoot tribe. In Death Southern Style I researched names in Louisiana. When I’m choosing names, I look at all the characters that I’m naming. I make sure that the names aren’t similar. For example, the hero is named Rob, the secondary character is named Ron and the suspect might be Ross. For a reader, this could be very confusing. They might have to ...
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Heroes or Protagonists with Dr. Bob Rich – Plus Free Books

Today we’re lucky to have Dr. Bob Rich join us.I’m reposting the article for those of you who might have missed it the first time. Bob writes books that make you think. I find them fascinating and usually not what I was expecting.Plus, Bob is going to giveaway 3 books ...
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Beverley Updates Her Life

I thought I’d update some of the things I’m up to. I said I was going to get a new website and a new photo. After much dragging of feet and grimacing, I found a web designer that didn’t break the bank and appears to be good. The site is ...
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MARKETING TIPS

The topic for this month is marketing. I’d love to hear from all of you, your thoughts on marketing. I can’t speak to those published by traditional publishers but my understanding is that you need to do most of your own marketing. I’ve attended several workshops and the general message ...
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Going to Conference

I’m getting ready to head off to Orlando, Florida for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National conference. Anyone else still a member of RWA? One of the reasons I continue to be an RWA member is because of my online chapter, Kiss of Death. I can’t be a member ...
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