How on earth does one come up with suitable character names? I absolutely LOVE the name of my main character, Lyla Kyle, and that just came to me, kinda. Well, mostly because I liked the character of the same first name on one season of Dexter. I thought it would work because both ladies have long, dark hair and psych problems. (That doesn’t consitute plagiarism, does it?) Her last name came out of nowhere though. I just thought it had a nice ring to it. It does, I’m sure of it.
As for the cops in my book, I just pulled those names out of thin air. *Pluck* Jason Brighthouse. *Pluck* Byron Blakely. Tada!
The psychologist, Jillian Atford, is patterned after one of my good friends (who recently passed away, thus propelling me to finish writing my book), so their names are similar.
The medical examiner? LeeAnn DiCicco. I reached deep for that. I gave her the exact same name as that of my 6th grade math teacher. I remember getting in trouble for doodling a picture of a personified rat and titling it: Mrs DiCicco as a Bitchy Rat. Haha! … my folks didn’t find it funny. But, you can see why her name stuck with me.
But, while I was writing my most recent chapter (which I finished revising today, I might add–Go ME!), I had the hardest time coming up with names for inconsequential characters: fleeting characters that mean nothing and are only there to help flesh out the pasts of the main characters. You would think it wouldn’t matter, but I find myself saying, “I already have characters whose names start with a B” and “I can’t have a character whose name ends in an A like Lyla’s!”
By the way, I’m still lacking a sufficient name for Lyla’s mother and resigned to calling her “Mrs Kyle” throughout the entire chapter. Be that as it may, I’m open to any and all suggestions…