Thursday, August 1, 2013

WHAT'S IN A NAME?


GIVEAWAY Alert!
Can you imagine JACK BAUER with a name like…Phil? 

Or what about a world without SHERLOCK HOLMES?

Scarlet. Rhett. Sam Spade. Pongo. Jamie Frasier. Even Spock.

Jimmy Jones just doesn't have the same ring as James T. Kirk. 


So what's in a name? For me…everything. That's where my story begins. Two characters who I hear talking in my head. An opening line, their names, a title and then…there's a story. 

For me, heroes and heroines take on characteristics of their names as I write them. In HILL COUNTRY HOLDUP, Jane melts when Steve calls her Janie. In DANGEROUS MEMORIES, a story about the WITSEC program, the heroine isn't certain who she is. Is she Jolene the girl who remembers nothing or Emaline Frasier, the five year old who remembers her mother's murder. 

I love nicknames. Maybe because I never had one. While I was growing up there were only two people who ever called me anything other than Angela, my dad and uncle. I was Ang. I didn't become Angi until email (oh wow, I just dated myself). And email helped me become a writer. Now, when someone calls me Angela I sort of cringe. LOL  The two names are symbolic for two separate times of my life. Before and After achieving a goal. I like Angi the Author.

When my West Texas Protector series sold, it knocked me off my game a little. You see, I have to change the titles and the heroine names. They need to be a little more feminine. This isn't a deal-breaker, I can do it. I WILL change their names. OOOPPPPSSSS. I'm at a loss. Total blank stare. What should I call them? 

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tick. Tick. Tick.  I got nuthin'.

Guess I need some help. I'm not sharing the original names or titles to influence you, but here are the character descriptions and new titles. 

THE SHERIFF 
HEROINE is working on her PhD. She’s in west Texas for “star time” at the McDonald Observatory and has a narrow window to prove her theory and finish her dissertation. The only daughter of one of the top Professors of History and a former astronaut working for Homeland Security, she’s ready for a change. Ready for a job half-way around the world and time away from her career-driven parents. She's watching for Marfa Lights activity and spots something in the sky. She begins to record everything when a man, shot and bleeding, wanders in from the desert. 

THE RANCHER 
HEROINE is a more-than-competent DEA agent. But she’s a city girl who’s never even visited a petting zoo. Country life isn’t near her list of favorite things and she’s totally out of her element attempting to ride a horse. A fatal mistake brought her to the Davis Mountains and if she can pinpoint local drug crossings, she’ll get out of West Texas and back to city life. But in order to do her job, she needs a few new skills. She realizes her superiors sent her to Marfa to fail, so she agrees to use her personal experience with PTSD to help Nick. Whether he's aware of the second-hand therapy or not.

THE RANGER 
HEROINE's widow status in Marfa is a lie. A lie forced on her five years ago when her embarrassed parents’ informed the community her “husband” had died in the war. They allowed her to return when she was pregnant as long as she agreed never to tell anyone the truth. Hers is an age-old story--a married man who lied. Afraid of his threats about telling anyone, she didn’t tell him she was pregnant and in five years’ time she’s never looked back. She’s raised her son and manages the family cafĂ©/gas station, including the new attractive mechanic, Mitchell Striker. But she’s constantly afraid of what will happen when the truth comes out…as it always does. 

Have ideas? August is all about renaming my heroines. And I'm accepting suggestions. The winner will (obviously) get their heroine's name in my book. But I'll also send a free book (digital or physical) now and when their book hits shelves. Details will be on my website sometime next week.
~ ~ ~
Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier. 
~ ~ ~
FIND ANGI
Website   Facebook   FB Fan Page   Twitter @AngiMorganAuthr
A Picture A Day   Goodreads   Pintrest  Book Trailers on YouTube
~ ~ ~
Giveaway:
ANGI'S August contest is all about naming my characters. You'll have to tell me why.  TODAY, I have a signed copy of a Julie Miller Intrigue to give away this week. JUST LEAVE A BLOG COMMENT.

WHAT names would you use for my heroines and why? Remember, Julie's book to a lucky commenter…and you'll be entered in the August contest.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST August 2nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


32 comments:

  1. I love names - to be authentic, I looked up names popular in Texas in the late 1980's.

    Sheriff - Christina - named after her Grandmother. It's a prettty name with lots of nicknames

    Rancher - Ashley - name has a city feel and works with this character.

    Ranger - Angela - good name with Mafia connections (or not) Fits this character.

    yenastone at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Those are excellent, Tammy. I think I'd feel a little weird though using Angela. But you know, I've always loved my name.

      ~Angi

      Delete
    2. Instead of Angela - you could use Maria too

      Delete
    3. My husband loved your suggestion of Angela!

      Delete
  2. I tried to come up with some that could have good nicknames:

    The Sheriff: Frances, nicknamed Frankie

    The Rancher: Jocelyn, nicknamed Jocie (pronounced like Josie) or Joey

    The Ranger: Madeleine, nicknamed Maddie

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very good. I think I see a name and immediately go to the nickname now.
      I can see that I'm going to have tough choices.
      >>>grin<<<

      Thanks Jonetta! (You have an interesting name, too.)
      ~Angi

      Delete
    2. Yeah, and I have a host of nicknames assigned to me by people who never asked if it was okay:) you have to have a good sense of humor about it....JoJo, NetNet, Jo, Netta, Jodie...you name it, I've been called it.

      Delete
    3. How did your parents decide on Jonetta? Is it a combination of two names? A family name?
      ~A

      Delete
    4. Mom was convinced I was going to be a boy and had no girl name selected. Dad was in Germany when I was born (I was to be named after him, Joseph Theodore) so he wasn't there to consult. Josephine was not an option and my Mom was at a loss after three days. The nurses maintained a name pool and suggested Jonetta, which I understand is Norwegian in origin. I think Mom liked it because it came close to Dad's name. Consequently, both pronounced it differently...he used a long "O" and she pronounces it like Jeanetta.

      Now you see why I'll answer to anything close.

      Delete
    5. THAT's a great story and will probably end up in a book. >>wink wink<<

      My heroine in DANGEROUS MEMORIES went by Jo...but I'm writing this down.
      ~Angi

      Delete
    6. That's funny! I'll let Mom know:)

      Delete
  3. JUST TO clarify -- you don't HAVE to suggest names to qualify for Julie Miller's autographed book.

    ~Angi

    ReplyDelete
  4. Lacy, Malena, Casey, Kendra, Stephanie, Patricia, Pamela...

    Just a few wet noodles--maybe one will tickle your fancy or maybe spark another idea!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. THANKS JEN !! I need my fancy tickled. (I'm blushing at the way that sounds, but I'm leaving it here anyway!)

      ~Angi

      Delete
  5. You always make it fun. Here are some to consider:
    Sheriff...Kristan-but called Kris and mistaken for a guy
    many times until they actually see her, then
    there is no doubt she is all woman.
    Rancher...Darlene-all the guys back in the city called
    her "Darling" and she hated it. Head strong
    and knows what she wants...at least she thought
    she did.
    Ranger...Kayla-or Kay for short. Being a good mother is
    very important to her, but she's afriad that
    secrets will come out, making it Ohhhhh, Kay!
    instead of okay!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. BRENDA you made me go "oooo" with each of these. Love the OOHHH KAY !!

      ~Angi

      Delete
  6. Wellll I'm a little late in suggesting some names but I have a few you can consider for whichever person you want... You can use my name Ellen or my middle name Elizabeth. Or you could consider Anna, Shaunna, Stacy, Brenda, Evelyn, Bernice, Ginger, Georgina.....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AWESOME names, Ellen !
      You mention Ginger and I immediately think movie star head head that talks in a sexy whisper.
      >>>grin<<<

      ~Angi

      Delete
  7. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceAugust 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    There are a lot of great names already listed but here are a few more Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space which would fit for your first heroine since her parents were into space and history she could go by Val or Tina as a nickname. Sally Ride was the first US woman in space. Her middle name was Kristen which would just be a different spelling from the name Brenda suggested. You could also use Abigail, Jessica, Bethany, or Amy. Good luck picking from all these great names!

    fantum2004ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a great idea, Laura ! I like the history of space idea.
      ~Angi

      Delete
  8. I feel names have to have a flow to them, and matching the hero of course and usually have nicknames or shortened however the hero usually uses her full name, pesky guys :) love Michelle, soft sounding also there is the Rochelle version Roxanne - Roxy Alexandra love Sasha and Sarah have lots of Sarah, good luck with it all and some great names already shared. Caroline, Catherine, Angelica-Angel Victoria-Vicky
    jmvanengatgmaildotcom

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love it when heroes do that too, Jan !
      Great suggestions. This is getting tougher...and I'm sure there will be more suggestions.

      ~Angi

      Delete
  9. The cybersystem didn't see fit to deliver my notice of this post until just now, but that's okay because I am NOT capable of helping you. LOL They want more feminine names? God help me if I ever get that order.

    I'm dying to know what you called them originally! Since you've presumably lived with them for a long time already, maybe you could just tweak them to make them sound softer/more feminine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good suggestion Natalie, but I couldn't mesh them into anything reasonable. (I'm hopeless) Email me, Natalie and I'll tell you the titles and names. :) I'll be revealing it to everyone at the end of the contest.
      ~Angi

      Delete
  10. I'm, just going to throw names out there:

    Rebecca - Becky
    Katherine - Kate, Katie
    Christina - Cat
    Annabel - Bella
    Amelia - Emmy

    I hope this is helpful. Even if just to eliminate.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com



    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like the names that everyone's coming up with Mary. I'm going to have to get some writer friends to help me choose. (Of course, Jen, Sarah & Jan all helped me choose the first three names when we plotted these concepts.)

      It's getting tougher!
      LOL ~Angi

      Delete
  11. THE SHERIFF- Leona; seems to fit the character
    THE RANCHER- Katarina; sounds like an agent's name
    THE RANGER- Evelyn; seems like someone who cares

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like those reasons and names, BN !!
      ~Angi

      Delete
  12. Hmmm some names I like are Ellie, Chessa, Serenity, & Kali. Each of these names are someone that was special to me or a character I enjoyed. Love the name game... so many to choose from! Good luck! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OOOO Serenity !! LOVE IT. My daughter and her boyfriend have committed to watching the series and I'll finally be able to talk about it with them. HA! It took my neighbor to convince them.

      I like Ellie very much.
      ~Angi
      (who knows she's going to have to go with an outside panel for the selection)

      Delete
  13. Congratulations to LAURA --since she had Julie Miller's books, I sent her a copy of BJ Daniels' FORSAKEN.

    ~Angi

    ReplyDelete
  14. UPDATE: The winning names are

    Andrea, Carroll Elizabeth, & Brandie

    Submitted by:
    Andrea, Jan, Ellen and Brenda

    THANKS TO EVERYONE who participated.
    ~Angi

    ReplyDelete