I wasn’t sure what I ought to write this month. The old adage “write what you know” of course is always apropos. But pretty much all I know this month is about snow shovels – I could write a doctoral dissertation on snow shovels, given the kind of winter we are having.
But I didn’t figure you’d be interested. I’m not either, for that matter.
So I decided to ask you for some suggestions instead. I need a name for my next heroine. I thought her name was Angela, called Ange, for short. But I’ve spent a bit of time with her now as I’ve been giving thought to the scenes in the book and while my hero, a Montana cowboy named Cole, is very clear in my mind and knows his name, my heroine does not.
So . . . here’s what I know. She’s in her mid 20s. She’s a film maker, tv director. She’s clever and capable and extremely good at her job. She understands people – all but one of them anyway (guess who). She’s both persuasive and conciliatory which means that she gets people to cooperate because for one reason or another, they always seem to want to please her. It’s a gift or a power or something, but whatever it is, she has it. In spades.
She lives in LA now, but she grew up in Montana. Her background is international, however. Her father is a professor of psychology. Her mother writes travel books. She has several siblings – and she’s one of the middle ones.
And somewhere there is a name for her – but I’m running out of ideas. I don’t like to use the same names for heroines in my books. The closest I’ve come is a Cait and a Kate, and an Anna and an Annie and an Anastasia (also called Anny). But there are over sixty other ones I’ve already used – in no particular order: Liv, Anna, Cassie, Lainie, Torey, Susan, Cara, Clea, Jessica, Courtney, Joanna, Grace, Lesley, Frances, Diane, Annie, Samantha, Libby, Annabel, Alison, Jane, Lacey, Madeleine, Emily, Maggie, Sara Jane, Jill, Kate, Carly, Tess, Felicity, Brenna, Isobel, Jenny, Josie, Lucy, Poppy, Milly, Dori, Mari, Ellie, Chloe, Lydia,Mary, Frederica, Mariah, Cait, Sierra, Polly, Celie, Erin, Carin, Fiona, Sydney, Molly, Tallie, Martha, Sadie, Sara, Alice, Neely, Anastasia, Sophy, Edie, Catriona, Daisy and Holly.
So those are the ones to avoid. If you can think of any others that sound like my heroine, I’d love to hear some suggestions. If I choose yours I’ll send you a copy of a backlist title – you get to chose and if I can find it in my attic, I’ll send it along. If I can’t we’ll find another, I hope! So check back – I’ll post an update here at the end of this post later this week.
UPDATE!!!!! Sorry it took me so long to get back here! I’ve been – surprise, surprise! – shoveling snow! It’s never-ending! Anyway, I love so many of the names you guys suggested, and I hope I get to use many of them for future heroines. But for this one, I think Mary Preston, you’ve hit the nail on the head. This heroine does sound like and Eleanor! She’s got a the ability to be regal. The hero knows that. He doesn’t realize there is more to her than that. Guess she’ll have to teach him!
Thank you all so much for your suggestions! Mary, if you will please write to me at anne.mcallister(at)gmail.com, I’ll send you a copy of one of my backlist books. Thanks for your suggestion. Eleanor is so happy to have a name. (So am I!)