I watched a book launch video discussion from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore featuring Carl Hiassen as interviewed by author John Sanford. The topic was Hiassen's latest book, Squeeze Me. The two men go way back, and it was a very interesting discussion. You can find that FB video here.
One of the more entertaining parts of this interview focused on how authors select names and when getting the name right is critical. Hiassen said that for important characters, he wants the name to be striking so the reader remembers it the first time they read it. The name John marveled about was Fay Alex Riptoad, one of Hiassen's important side characters.
It is with this inspiration that I decided to brainstorm awesome names for characters. And that doing so would be a terrific use of my time and tick off the "Joy," "Strengths," and "Progress" aspects of my new Decision Filter. Heck, this might even make a "contribution" to society.
Here we go.
Great Names for Characters (that I might use one day - no stealing, OK?)
In no particular order
Jeptha Rule Wady Wayne Wright
Baby-face Kreed Convira
Asa Butterfield Rasmus Monk
Spag Bolle Drucilla
The Tooth Consequence (Conee for short)
Snipe Lobster Butterworth
Two-time Cross-eyed Tommy
Talulla Moola Lilith Rothworm III
Fern Green Griselda Feldman
Zaynab Ditt Euphrasia Rothschild
Lennox Turtleman Fizzy Joe
Rip Torn - oh wait, that one was already used by a real person (RIP Rip)
Pretty cool list, if I do say so myself. Can you imagine the weird and wonderful back stories for these characters? I wonder what it would be like to write a book STARTING with a set of character names? Could be fun!
What's your favorite?