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Character names are important. After all, a hero should sound like a hero and a strong name equals a strong character. Right? Right...but there’s still room for fun, which is a good thing, because we like to have fun with names.
Ichann—pronounced EYE-con—isn’t a name you’ll find in a baby-name list. We made it up based on phonetics. “Ichann Count” is the way we hear “I Can Count.” We call her Ike for short. The fact that “Ike” is the nickname of an American general is part of the fun.
Oh, and the really cute co-worker Ike crushes on? His name is Fifo Ventry. That’s a phonetic mash-up of an accounting term: FIFO Inventory. (In accounting, FIFO stands for first-in, first-out.)
We figured other authors
Here’s how they played the name game.
Since Nikki represents me in the series, maybe I secretly always wanted to be called Nikki. Who knows. But it's like after you name your child, the name fits. In The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, she lets you know right off that she's tough, adventurous, and a tomboy (but don't call her that). I can't imagine her being named anything else.
Considering my latest release is a Regency, there was a limited number of names I could use. No Tanias or Dirks or Moppetts or Brads. The main names in that era were plain, royal sounding ones such as Anne or Edward, with all their derivatives.
My heroine is Annis, which is a contraction of Agnes. I first heard the name in Georgette Heyer’s Lady of Quality.
How do YOU play the name game? Please leave a comment sharing how you came up with the name for your main character.
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