The Right Character Names

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“How attached are you to the name Anna May?”

Sandy Isaac’s question took me and six other members of the critique group by surprise. While I appreciated the suggestions I had received, I wondered about Sandy’s question. Anna May Godfrey is the villain in A Season for Killing Blondes. I had spent several years in Anna May’s company and wasn’t prepared to change her name.

Sandy noticed my hesitation and explained her resistance to the name. Said quickly, Anna May becomes “anime,” a style of animation often featuring themes intended for an adult audience. Two of the other members nodded while five of us merely shrugged. But Sandy’s concern raised several questions in my mind.

How would my readers respond?

Would they make the same connection as Sandy?

Would Anna May’s name suit or hinder her villain status?

Continue reading on Lisa’s Mondello’s blog.

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5 responses to “The Right Character Names

  1. Character names, at least to me, are pretty important. I mean, when a new world comes into ur mind, u see the characters a certain way with certain names. Sometimes the names change, sometimes they don’t. But once attached to the character in ur mind, it’s often hard to rename them anything else.

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