Naming Names

Why did Inez Cloud change her name to “Skippy RunningCloud”? So she’d be remembered!

Ever get stuck naming characters? Oh, how science fiction authors must long for the days when they could name a character “X7” and get away with it. My job title use to be CRO, Chief Research Officer, and I got that title when there were few Chief Research Officers around. People would ask me, “What is your proper title?” and I replied “My proper title is ‘Princess Feldspar of the Tree People’, but I tell most people it’s ‘Chief Research Officer’.”

Most people could remember “Princess Feldspar of the Tree People” more easily than they could remember “Chief Research Officer” and the reason why can help authors create names for characters.

We remember the tangible and the unique better than the intangible and the common.

 
We want readers to remember our main and primary characters, some secondary characters and perhaps even a minor character (if they provide a plot point) because readers tend to like memorable characters. The first step towards aiding reader memory is to give the characters names that are 1) easily remembered and 2) give us a hint as to the character’s character (what kind of person that character is).


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Rebecca Tran – Christian Fantasy and Erotica

Fantasy based on Christian Mythology…with some hot and heavy sex thrown in? Maybe?

Rebecca TranHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. I’d like everyone to stand up and give Rebecca Tran a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.

I started writing to get over the loss of my father when I was sixteen.

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My First Book Fair/Authors’ Expo – Part 2

You want to sell books? First make sure there’ll be people to buy them.

This thread is based on my experiences, conversations with authors and several years helping companies develop and execute marketing strategies. Part 1 introduced setting reasonable goals for attending book fairs and authors’ expos.

Review

What is your reason for going to the event?

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The Gander Gets Goosed – Clancy Tucker Interviews Me!

My humour is officially “wicked”

Oz’s Clancy Tucker asked me a series of questions that I floundered through magnificently. Read it all at 8 September 2018 – JOSEPH CARRABIS – GUEST AUTHOR .

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Fabrice Rigaux – Jumping into HyperSpace with Human StarPilots

On a desert island with a good book, a good woman and maybe Matt Damon because he knows how to grow things to eat

Fabrice RigauxHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s guest is Human StarPilots author and international educator and consultant Fabrice Rigaux.

Being bilingual and bicontinental, Fabrice brings years of multicultural understanding to his writing and demonstrates his knowledge of differences and similarities to his debut novel (and we hope others). I’d like everyone to stand up and give Fabrice Rigaux a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.

I started to write in 2016, using the courses I give to build the first book. It was in French and about Purchasing IT.

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