I think we’ve discussed the importance of the right name for characters in our stories before, but it’s on my mind today as my latest is released, PLAYING WITH FIRE. It’s a novella from Nocturne Bites. The last Nocturne Bites, as Nocturne Cravings is now going to be the only game in the show. I smile a bit to know I launched the Bites line with RACING THE MOON and now I’m bringing it to a close.
That said, the hero of this story is a fire demon, who was once an angel, who may or may not become mortal, and quite possibly, eventually, a vampire. Whew! The guy needed a name. I have my handy-dandy A World Of Baby Names book which lists names by country. Love that book so much—and use it so often—that I recently had to order a new copy because the old one was so tattered. Anyway, it’s my go-to when finding hero/heroine names.
But sometimes paranormal creatures don’t necessarily have a country of origin. Rather, they have a ‘realm’ of origin. So picking names can get tricky. This hero was originally from Above (Heaven, if you will) and Fell to land in Beneath. There, he was turned into a fire demon and enslaved by Himself, whom he served for centuries. He’s now escaped and living in the mortal realm as a computer securities tech for the Council. His name needed to be both grand and simple.
His name? Cinder. I like it. It’s kinda sexy, a little ominous. But his full name? Labatiel, The Flaming One, Angel of Punishment. You can see why Cinder works for those moments when the heroine justs wants to whisper a sweet nothing in his ear? 😉
The heroine is Parish. It’s one of those names that is different enough to be cool and interesting. I keep a list of Names I Want To Use. Added the name Pilot yesterday. Sounds like it would be an awesome hero name. Or it could be a heroine. Arizona screams for me to use it. So does Paisley. And I’ve just found a match to the name Sayne (that’s a guy’s name).
What names from romance novels have stood out for you? Which ones do you adore? Which ones were just a little too strange to warm up to? Know anyone who has named their baby after a romance novel hero or heroine?
To read the first chapter of Playing With Fire, go here