I’m not talking about personal letters that came with words on paper via the mailbox, and required a stamp. Remember those? Or even notes or letters sent in email. Nor am I talking about four letter cuss words. We all know lots of them. But, I am talking about four letters of the alphabet as they relate to character names used in my books.
Why only four letters you ask? Well, I don’t know. But in looking back over my romantic suspense books, in Unlock the Truth the hero is Zach. In The Blue Dolphin it’s Jack. In Desert Exposure it was Mick, until I got feedback that Mick is not a well-used American name, so I made him Michael. But he’ll always be Mick to me. In Gone Tropical we have Jake. In London Calling I’m back to Jack.
Maybe subconsciously, I think that a hero of a romantic suspense novel has to have a strong but short name to go with his strong body, and his abruptness of the spoken word. Names are funny. ; )
Sally Albright: Shel Gordon.
Harry Burns: Shel? Sheldon? No, no, you did not have great sex with Sheldon.
Sally Albright: I did too.
Harry Burns: No you didn’t. A Sheldon can do your income taxes, if you need a root canal, Sheldon’s your man… but humpin’ and pumpin’ is not Sheldon’s strong suit. It’s the name. ‘Do it to me Sheldon, you’re an animal Sheldon, ride me big Shel-don.’ Doesn’t work.
In my contemporary romance, Corsica Gate, my hero is Carlo. There are five letters to his name. Wow! Big things are happening here. Yep, stick around because I think my next contemporary, will feature Ollie, short for Oliver.
Heroine names have been mixed in my books, Dena, Debbie, Rachel, Amy, Dia Sophia, and Lisa. Now good old Ollie needs a love interest. So I’m asking you for help. Ollie is a Brit, he lives in England, on the Welsh border. He’s an artist. He’s really hot, and no he is not a P.I. or related to anything suspenseful, except for romance. His last name is York. I think Oliver York has a nice ring to it.
My heroine is American. She was born in 1988, in California. She’s of Jewish background. Her last name is Paverman. She has a mystery to solve and that takes her to England. Where she meets Ollie. Got any ideas for a first name?
If I choose to use the name suggested, that commenter will also receive a print or e-Book of Gone Tropical and a boxing kangaroo pen.
Addendum, Friday 7th:
CONGRATULATIONS! and thanks for playing!
Winner of the a kindle or print edition: Jill
Winning heroine’s name: Naomi
The pen and a kindle or print edition goes to Nia.