Fun With Names By Julia Day
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Julia is talking about names today and just how formidable naming a character can be. Check out this amazing post on just where Julia likes to find her names and insight into the names of the characters in her new YA that will be released in September. Julia Day is giving away a copy of THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE!!!! Make sure to ENTER below and comment!!!
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Fun With Names
Names are important. The way they sound. What they mean. The image they create in your mind. Let’s face it, the name Reyes sounds hot. It just does. If Reyes’ name had been, say, Egbert instead, our reaction to him would be harder to explain to non-believers. (Not that guys named Egbert can’t be sexy…)
Choosing the perfect name for a book character has always been hard for me. I want good characters to have lovely names. I want bad characters to have un-lovely names. I browse babynames.com and check out the meanings, to ensure my warrior character’s name doesn’t actually mean petunia.
I try to avoid the names of people I know. I don’t want them to think that I’m basing a character on them. Since I know a lot of people, that’s becoming more difficult. I’m beginning to run out of options. So sometimes, I change the spelling. (Griffin—I did not name Gryphon after you. Promise.) Other times, I tell my friend-with-a-name-suspiciously-like-one-of-my-villains that they would absolutely not like the book. Problem solved.
My first YA contemporary romance releases on September 6, and let me assure you, I struggled over what to call the characters. So here are the main cast members from The Possibility of Somewhere—and why I chose their names.
Eden – My heroine is named for a town in North Carolina. I have a cousin who lives there, and I decided that one day, I would use it for a main character. That day has come. (I did not look it up on babynames.com, so if you do and it has a bad meaning, please don’t tell me.) In the book, Eden admits that she was named after a town, and so was her brother Boone.
Ash – The hero is Asian-Indian, the son of immigrants. When I began writing this book, my daughter was in high school and asked her Indian friends for a great name for a gorgeous guy. They said Ash. I love that name. It reminds me of the ash tree, strong enough to withstand the wind without breaking.
Mundy – Mundy is Eden’s best friend. Her name is short for Rosamund, who is a character from The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini. I have not read that book, but Mundy’s mom has and liked it.
Tiffany – She is Eden’s step-cousin. She’s a popular girl, so I gave her a popular-ish name. Book Tiffany appears a bit fluffy at first, but she’s passionate about photography and has hidden depths (which she doesn’t always use in the best ways). Tiffany felt like a multi-faceted name.
Sawyer – He’s the captain of the high school baseball team, a popular guy, and one of the few people at the school who treats Eden with the dignity that she deserves. I wanted a strong name—and this one conveys strength.
Kurt and Marta – They are two kids that Eden babysits often. Both names come from the Von Trapp Family children in The Sound of Music. That movie is their mother’s guilty pleasure.
Peyton – Peyton is not a character, but the name of a college scholarship that Eden is seeking. The Peyton Scholarship is named after Peyton Manning, the retired quarterback of the Denver Broncos. I attended the University of Mississippi, and the Mannings are football royalty for Ole Miss alumni. (I was pulling for the Carolina Panthers in the Superbowl, though.)
Cooper – There is a Mr. Cooper in the book, and he owns Cooper’s Hardware Store. If you translate Cooper into German, you get Fassbender. ‘Nuff said.
Mrs. Menzies – The statistics teacher is Mrs. Menzies. She is named for Tobias Menzies. Just because.
Together is somewhere they long to be.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted—he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college—and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream—one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
Julia Day lives in North Carolina (mid-way between the beaches and the mountains) along with two twenty-something daughters, one husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia loves to travel to faraway places, watch dance reality shows on TV, and dream about which restaurant gets her business that night.
THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE is Julia’s first YA contemporary romance.
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