Names are important in novels. They have to have the right fit, sound right, smell right, and be right. Would a Diane kill her husband? Or would a David be more likely to? What about Estelle, would she really fall in love with Damien, or is it more likely that Neal would snag her attention? I almost always initially go through a lot of different names until one seems right--although sometimes, there are wonderful moments when the names just spring up.
That said, today, for reviewing, I got this wonderful huge book of NAMES! 140,000 of them! The boojk, from DaCapo Press, has the great name of The Baby Name Countdown and every page lists names upon names. Some are a little odd. Would you want to name your child DEMONIKA? I think not.
But what a gift for any novelist!
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