While I don't think I'm particularly brilliant at coming up with names for my characters, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it. Generally, they just "come" to me - and usually as a package deal: first and surname. Currently I'm in the treacly slow part of writing a book (for me, the opening chapters) but at least I have names! Lanie Smith and Gray(son)... Something (just to prove my own theory wrong!).
But despite contradicting myself with the surname thing, character names are easy - maybe because I link them to their personality. Lanie had to be Lanie - she considers herself plain and almost mannish, in contrast to her glamorous sister Sienna. Similarly, Gray had to be a Gray - suave and confident (and gorgeous!). In my third book (Why Resist a Rebel? - out in March 2013 ;) ), my movie star hero named himself: Devlin Cooper. I mean, who else could get away with that name but a movie star? And my vivacious, energiser bunny heroine was always going to be Ruby.
I'm almost 27 weeks pregnant, and as I'm finally obviously pregnant (my bump hid itself for a very, very long time!) I'm being showered with questions: Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Are you going to find out? Do you have any names?
All this interest is lovely - and for the record, my answers are no, no and sort of.
We have a boy name locked in - it's a name with meaning to both my husband and I and so we are both in complete agreement.
But a girl's name? No idea. My conversations with Mr Leah go something like this:
Me: "How about <classic, old-fashioned style name that I tend to favour>?"
Mr Leah: "No. How about <name I think is dreadful and am secretly appalled that the man I love would actually like>"
So, what are your suggestions for sorting this out? How did you name your kids, or how do you name your characters?
Plus - happen to know any awesome, old-fashioned girl names that aren't super-common yet have a modern edge that will appeal to my husband? (I know, long shot...)
By the way - it's release week for A Girl Less Ordinary in both the UK and US! The covers are completely different for each market, but I love them both - so even if you've seen them before, here they are again :)