I like using unusual names in my writing, because in my life I find they are far more memorable than standard, everyday names. It is also important to me because most people will not know a person called Bay, Navy or Anika. As a writer, the disassociation with the real world allows me to fully create a unique individual without real-life idiosyncrasies to get in the way. I love that my readers have this same freedom.
I have to admit that coming up with new and interesting names is sometimes difficult. Pouring through baby name sites is a tedious task, and one you can only do for so long before complete overload sets in. I have been blessed to have a very creative friend, who I have ‘stolen’ names from for past characters. I have used two on the top of her list, and she has been happy to pass them on to me.
My current work in progress will be no disappointment to those who love my unusual character names. As I am in the editing process, and contemplating changing some names of my minor characters, I wondered today how other writers come up with their names. Are there those who, like me, don’t want a name of a person they have known because of the unavoidable association? How do you choose the names for your characters?