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I’m noticing some interesting trends in character names that I thought I would share.
In the world of the Paranormal, there have been a lot of RHIANNONs lately. I can’t help but think of Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing just a very contemporary association.
If your character is a witch, it’s okay to get a little creative with your names. Get me interested in the story by virtue of a really cool name. If I get another Rhiannon witch, I think I’ll have to pass on principle.
Contemporary stories. There have been a lot of KATEs and KATIEs as of late. Once again, nothing wrong with that name but it might be a little harder for your heroine to stand out when I’m reading my pile.
Historical/Regency romances. Time to avoid any derivative of Devil for your rakish hero. I’ve seen it all. Devlin etc.
I’m sure other names will come up and I’ll keep you posted.
Now, creating interesting, varied, or cool character names won’t necessarily open the door. Only good writing will do that. It’s just another facet of the whole package that you need to keep in mind because trust me, it’s on our mind if Angie and I have done 50 partials during the day and have had at least 5 or 6 manuscripts with the name Kate or Katie as the heroine and at least one Rhiannon (and that’s the third one this week).
You want your story to stand out. Character names can help.
Flip side of the coin. Don’t go too bizarre. I see that in SF and Fantasy partials occasionally. Names should be pronounceable at least.