The name has to fit. If it's not right then the character isn't right.
seeking inspiration for first names I turn to my little book of baby's
names or I will look up websites of baby's names. I also keep an ear out
for any unusual or interesting names when meeting people and will jot
these down. In addition, I find graveyards a great place for picking up
intriguing first names. The name also needs to fit with the age and
nationality although you can have exceptions.
There are, however, dangerous waters to navigate when choosing names for your characters.
When it comes to choosing surnames, I let my finger do the walking around a road map or atlas, then I see if the surname fits with the first name and the character.
And finally where did the name of my main characters come from?
A polite e mail asked me whether my character and his name had been inspired by him - the real thing! I replied saying that if he was tall, good looking and fit then yes of course my Andy Horton was based on him. He replied saying he was indeed tall and fit, and his wife thought him good looking. I was somewhat relieved to find the real Inspector Houghton had a sense of humour and spelt his name differently. No need for the handcuffs then.
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