Last time I posted on here, I talked about the fact that I was celebrating my 65th published title. I even asked what sort of gift or other way of celebrating I could come up with to mark this occasion
It was supposed to be a ‘sky blue’ celebration. – which sounded lovely.,
But last weekend I was away on a break with some wonderful friends and they came up with a fabulous gift to mark this special milestone book and this was it:
Isn’t it wonderful?
So now I’m reminded of one of the little things in my writing that I’m very proud of - I’ve never repeated a hero or a heroine’s name in any of my stories. Sometimes it’s be difficult, sometimes downright hard – but so far I’ve always managed it. It helps me to feel that I’m writing about someone new, someone whose story I haven’t told – if they have a name I haven’t used before.
So now I’m on my 66th book. The revisions (tweaks) my editor asked for are just about done and I’m planning the follow up – hopefully the 67th. I already have names for the hero and heroine of the 66th – they’re Imogen and Raoul. And the follow up already has the names in place as these 2 characters appear in the 66th – so they are Ciara and - well, her hero’s name started out being Aidan, but it just wouldn’t work. Even though he’s meant to be Irish – or part Irish – the name just wouldn’t ‘gel’.
Then I realised why. Back in 1999 - and almost forgotten – I had a hero called Aidan. He appeared in a book called The Groom's Revenge. And I’d already told his story – so I needed a newname. Somehow when I looked at this name and just moved letters around a bit I found a new name that worked – Adnan. And that felt just right. But it changed ‘Aidan’ completely and the differences altered the story – for the better, I think!
So Adnan he is and I’ll be telling his story next just as soon as I’ve sent Imogen and Raoul’s story off to my editor.
And after that? I don’t know? I’ll have to think of a new pair of names for book 68!! Do you have any ideas? What sort names do you like for a hero or a heroine? Do you have any suggestions that might inspire me? If I use your suggestions I’ll let you know and maybe share a copy of the book with you . . .when I get it done!
You can find further details on all of these books over on my web site.
Meanwhile the 65th title Indebted to Moreno is in the shops now.