Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Game of the name - Kandy Shepherd
Would my debut novel LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD be quite the same without a very small dog with the very big name of Brutus? And could the little black pedigree poodle who is his illicit love be named anything but Coco?
In my new release for Berkley Sensation HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS (out yesterday!) I created a cast of quirky dogs, as the heroine Serena Oakley owns a doggy spa and day care. The “star” dog is an enormous black mutt with plate-sized paws I called Mack.
Serena was the best friend of the heroine in my first book. She had a few name changes before I settled on Serena. Lucky I persisted with it because she ended up with her own book. Imagine if I had to write a whole book with a heroine whose name was a compromise because she was a secondary character in another book?
Maybe I sound a tad obsessive about names. Perhaps that stems from my own name, Kandy. It’s a common enough name in America. Not so growing up in suburban Australia. It was a very unusual name—and what kid wants to be burdened with that?
I named my own daughter after a cat—or so my family accuses me. Lucy has al always been one of my favorite girls names. So what if I gave the name to my lovely tabby cat when I was twelve years old—and to my daughter many years later? It’s a beautiful name! (That her second name is the name of her great grandmother, great aunt and also a much-loved Border collie doesn’t really enter in to it!)
Tell me about why you chose the name of you child, pet, or even your business for a chance to win a signed copy of HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS.
Posted by Lee Hyat at 9:09 AM