I take naming my characters pretty seriously. For my novel, “Red, White & Blues”, I wanted to have everyday names that could be easily related to by most everyone. The names of my main characters, such as John Clark, Pete Clark, Sandy Porter, Sarah Somerton, Louise Sinclair, Edie McCabe-even Mike Blackhorse-were chosen specifically for their simplicity. With characters that I wanted a little more impact, such as Morgan Stewart, the President of the fictional motorcycle club, “The Souls of Liberty”, I chose a stronger name, but still left it easy to remember. For my “resident artist”, I chose Haven Hartford, a somewhat unusual name, but again, pretty easy to remember. I wrote this book with the express idea that no matter what the situations are, it could be easy for everyone to relate to. I also wrote my book using simple language, but that is a subject for another blog! The main sources that I use for naming my characters (usually both first & last names) are two baby name books that I have had for years: “Name Your Baby” by Lareina Rule and “The New Age Baby Name Book” by Sue Browder. The latter is obviously for the more unusual or ethnic-inspired names. When developing a new character, I nearly always know what they look like before I have their name, so I do take that image into consideration when I start searching for their name. It’s fun to browse the books, looking for that perfect name to pop out at me!