Naming characters can be as challenging as it can be fun. Who wants a story where the characters’ names all sound plain and alike? Not me! I for one always strive to come up with interesting, new and perhaps even strange first, middle and last names. I keep track of these for every character in a character outline document that I maintain for individual standalone books or an entire series of books. But of course making up appealing and unusual sounding names can be a major undertaking. There are two sources from which I draw for creating such names.
My first source is my own amateurish knowledge of world history and mythology. I’m definitely a big fan of the documentary channels! I’ve always been fascinated by myths especially those of ancient Greece. They have fascinating characters and stories: everything from the heroic adventures of Perseus to the many dalliances of Zeus. Historical events and the people who participated in them are also very interesting to me. Not just dates and facts but more so the people themselves. Their names, quirks or even their actions can inspire me in choosing names for characters.
Finally, imagination and the Internet can be a great source as well. This may sound like a strange coupling of info but it works. An example of this and one of my favorite naming tactics is imagining common names or words and researching their origins on the Internet. Such searches can provide interesting and useful info. They can also lead to more unexpected and useful searches.
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Having recently broken up with his sleazeball of an ex, recent high school grad Keldon Stonebridge is a handsome guy who’s optimistic about the possibilities of the summer ahead in his beautiful hometown of Asheville, NC. He intends to fill his days working, playing his saxophone whom he calls his baby, sipping green iced tea and hanging out with friends. He’s far less optimistic about a summer romance. But then he meets the very handsome Tyler Lawrence. A fellow musician and recent high school grad himself, Tyler also enjoys losing himself in his music and conspicuously avoids speaking about his own ex at all costs. The two quickly fall in love and achieve a bond that truly transcends love and music. It’s a bond that will be greatly tested by loyalty, tragedy and more.
Desperately trying not to panic, Tyler looked into his eyes. “Keldon, what is it?”, he urgently insisted.
Keldon swallowed hard as he gazed into Tyler’s dark eyes. A single tear slowly moved down his cheek. His mouth twitched slightly before finally opening to speak. “I’m in love with you.”, he breathed.
Tyler’s eyes flew open so wide he momentarily thought they might pop out of his head. He struggled for a moment to breathe as a grin spread across his entire face and his eyes watered.
He opened his mouth but nothing came out. Now it was his turn to have difficulty speaking. Finally, he managed to get the words out. “I love you too.”, he gushed in a whisper. For the briefest of moments, they simply gazed into each other’s eyes before their lips collided and tongues intertwined almost violently. Beyond passionate, their kiss sealed their bodies, hearts and soul together. It lasted for several blissful moments before they finally parted. With beaming smiles, they looked back toward the patio where everyone was smiling before looking into each other’s eyes again.
Keldon grinned and threw his head back. “I’m in love with Tyler Lawrence!”, he enthusiastically exclaimed at nearly the top of his lungs.
As soon as he finished, Tyler threw his own head back. “And I’m in love with Keldon Stonebridge!”, he excitedly drawled. They grinned ridiculously at each other for several moments before wrapping their arms around each other in a warm and unbreakable hug.
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Living in central North Carolina, Russell thoroughly enjoys all of the great amenities of the state he’s called home his entire life. He can typically be found assisting a friend with their small business, writing in coffeehouses, enjoying meals, movies, museums and more with friends as well as fully enjoying the great wonder of life itself.