This is the official release day for my newest book, BRIDE FOR A KNIGHT -- always an exciting occasion!
I had written a "reader letter" for the front of the book, but unfortunately, there wasn't room for it. It was about choosing characters' names. As a release day bonus, here it is:
Have you ever
wondered how an author comes up with names for her characters?I have a few ways.
When I first started writing, I went
through a baby name book and typed out lists of names by country of origin, in
part to get a geographical list of names, but also to enhance my typing
skills.I still have those lists, and
that's often the first place I go for names.
With my heroes, and especially the
strong, silent types, I'll look for names with "hard" sounds, like
Madoc, in THE WARLORD'S BRIDE.If he's
the merrier type of hero, though, that doesn't necessarily apply.One of my favorite character names is Paris,
Lord Mulholland, from THE WASTREL.He
was originally supposed to be Edmond, but my editor at the time didn't
particularly like that name, so I changed it to Paris.I don't remember how I came up with that name
at the time, but once I started writing the book, his new name really suited
the character as I'd envisioned him.
I try not to have two characters
with names that start with the same letter of the alphabet in the same book,
because it can get confusing -- for the author, too.For instance, the name of Roland's twin
brother in this book and its prequel, CASTLE OF THE WOLF, was originally
Rowan.Then I started getting confused,
and that was just writing the outline for BRIDE FOR A KNIGHT!Thus Rowan became Gerrard.
Sometimes I use street or
geographical names, and that's how Mavis got her name, although for a rather
unusual reason.Often as we head out of
the city, there will be a traffic slow-down at Mavis Road.Once, as we were sitting and stewing, I
announced that rather than grumble about Mavis Road, I'd name my next heroine
after it.Now I smile when we get to
Mavis, even if the traffic's bad.
So there you have my sources - a
baby name book, locations, and editor prompting.Above all else, though, I have to like the
name and think it suits the character, or it's off the list.
What Christmas movies do you like? A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim? White Christmas? It's a Wonderful Life? Die Hard? I'll be talking about my favorite Christmas movies and TV specials on the Harlequin community boards tonight from 7 - 8 pm.
I'll be joining the discussions on Christmas movies and TV shows Tuesday evening from 7 - 8 pm and Christmas traditions on Friday from 7 - 8 pm. I'll also be hanging out on the boards at other times, perhaps even when I should be writing. (Just don't tell my editor, okay? Or Santa.)
I've finally finished making the links to digital samplers for all my Harlequin books available in digital editions. Today I'm listing them by series. To keep it short, I'm just going with titles. Click on for a link to my website with the cover, more info about each book and a link to the digital sampler. THE SAXON
After glimpsing a softer side to the stern Sir Roland of Dunborough,
Mavis of DeLac is filled with hope for their arranged marriage. So when
the wedding night explodes with an exquisite passion, she dares to
dream that their newfound bliss will last forever.
But the following morning, convinced he could never make this beautiful
woman truly happy, Roland comes cold and aloof once again. And as the
newlyweds journey across England to protect Roland's birthright, it's up
to Mavis to prove him wrong -- and unlock the compassion this noble has
buried deep inside.
Romantic Times says: "Fans
who adore Moore’s high sexual tension and realistic action will revel
in Mavis and Roland’s journey from lust to love. There are powerful
lessons underlying this heated love story, and wonderful characters to
carry in your heart."
Want to sample the story?
BRIDE FOR A KNIGHT is the sequel to CASTLE OF THE WOLF. Haven't read that yet? Don't worry! I write every book to "stand alone."