Article! Emma Shortt

by Emma Shortt

Picking a character’s name can be a tricky business.

Names can hold different feelings for different people, and when you’re a romance writer things get a little more complicated.

Take, for instance, the names Sarah and Victoria. There’s nothing wrong with those names, far from it. But I could never use them in a book. Why you ask? Well, they’re my children’s names, there’s no way I could write a love scene involving characters that are named after my children. Skeevy much?

How about Danny, or Andy, or Andoni? Nope again, they’re relatives and that’s just wrong. I’d be thinking about my uncle, or brother, seducing my heroine and how on earth could I describe it? Make them too *ahem* manly and they’d be strutting about the place, ego-inflated. Make them a little less and I’d never hear the end of it. Not to mention looking them in the face over Sunday dinner knowing they just satisfied my heroine, ewww.

So relatives, friends and acquaintances go out the window immediately, despite the numerous requests otherwise.

“You should name one of you characters after me,” leered a colleague quite recently.

Eyeing up his slightly damp brown suit, receding hairline and considerable girth I smiled politely and muttered something unintelligible. Imagine actually doing that? I’d be thinking of him when I wrote the lurve scenes and that is not a place I ever want to go.

So, I have to get creative, widen the search a bit.

Sometimes, I will admit, it’s been easy. The name just comes, I start writing and I know their name almost instantly, kind of like they were there, waiting for me to bring them to life. Other times it’s been hard, and I’ve found myself (early hours of the morning) scouring or It comes to something when you’re reduced to stalking the pre and post-natal forums looking for inspiration.

My current book, The Valentine’s Fae, was one of the easy-peasey’s. I knew the hero and heroines names as soon as I started writing, they were just there and I didn’t have to think about them. They fit the characters perfectly and off I went, writing my fluffy socks off.

The book I’m working on now, the sequel to TVF? Not so.

I have my hero’s name and I’m feeling pretty good about it, well, kinda have to, it’s in TVF so I can’t change it. But the heroine… she’s a tricky one and I’m having considerable trouble tracking her down. She’s hiding somewhere and I need some help.

This is where you guys come in. How about naming her for me?

It can be your name (if you fancy being featured in the book), you’re friends name, but probably not a family member… as the books are pretty hot… and I know you don’t want to think about granny getting it on with a strapping great fairy.

Oh, did I mention she’s a fairy? A super hot, super sexed up fairy?

So drop me a comment below, we’ll do the random thing, and the winner will feature in my next book. But please, no Nigel’s, the brown suit just isn’t gonna work.

Emma x

Emma started her career by taking a degree in planetary science. However, after several arguments with NASA and the Russian space programme she finally, begrudgingly, accepted that she was never going to be an astronaut. With two kids to support (and a shocking diet coke/chocolate/cupcake addiction) she realized she was woefully unqualified to do anything, other than describe Jupiter in loving detail. Forced into an office job, her last desperate break for freedom was to turn her hand to writing, and she realized pretty quickly that it was romance all the way.

These days Emma both works (as an editor) and is published by Evernight Publishing. You can find Emma on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Youtube. In fact you can find Emma all over the net, she is officially an internet-ho, and likes nothing better than stalking the net for reviews.

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