Sometimes characters have special names that I give a lot of thought to. Sometimes I flip open a phonebook and pick a random name that seems unique enough. No, literally I have a list of names on my computer of cool names from my yearbook specifically for when I need to name someone. Usually, I only go to the list when I’m desperate and in a mind jam.
I’ll name the names for my newly released book, Ean Danger. Because it’s relevant and why not.
Bruce Fore: Or should I say, Brute Force. I was actually disappointed that no one brought it up that they figured out my little play on words. Every time I read his name, that’s all I see. Brute Force. I know it’s silly, but maybe it wasn’t obvious enough to tickle more funny bones than just mine.
Joe Fore: Just a regular old Joe. He’s basically harmless and would never do anything out of the ordinary. Don’t worry about him.
Ashley Fore: Because of Ean’s firepower, the nickname “Ash” sounded kind of cool. They’re two characters that play off each other a lot and so weaving her name into his powers and the theme of the book was something I did on purpose.
Ean Danger: In the book, he cites the name change because of a cowboy on TV. I grew up with someone who spelled their name E-A-N and I always thought that was the correct way. Initially, Ean wasn’t meant to be all that uncommon even though I did like that name. The middle name Danger, however, is more of a setup for a few laughs. It’s a name so ridiculous, yet people take it seriously because of who he is rather than what his name sounds like.
Kate Hamm: Cuz she’s such a ham.
For the most part, if I put effort into someone’s name, it’s because I love and cherish them dearly. Like I would my own children. The more character traits you give someone, the more it signifies to the reader their importance. A name is usually the first step, in my opinion. In some cases, you get characters that are the equivalent to movie extras and naming and describing all of them in detail would be exhausting and boring.