One thing I've been asked recently was how I come up with names for my characters. And since I've had a difficult time lately thinking of cool blog posts, this was perfect timing! So every couple of weeks, I'll go through my books and tell you about the character's names. Some are super cool and symbolic, others are more like, "Uh...thought the name sounded cool."
This firs edition is for the characters of Breaking Through! Here we go!
Nautia Olson: Nautia comes from the Latin word naut, which means sailor. It's where we get the word "nautical." I totally just made this name up, but I knew I wanted her first name to represent water. Olson just sounded good as a last name to go with it.
Kray Shields: I had Kray's name before any other character in this book. In fact, I had his name and what he looked like before I even had the title for this book. His character was just that clear in my mind. Kray isn't short for anything. His last name is a bit of an oxymoron, considering his ability to hear people's thoughts. There is no shield to keep him out! But on the flipside, he can't keep the thoughts of others shielded from his own head either.
Riley Barton: I struggled so hard with this name, almost to the point where I considered changing it several times. I've always liked the name Riley, but I've always liked it for a girl. (Sorry, Riley!) So I kinda fought with this name. But the more this character formed himself in my mind, the more the name stuck. Barton came from me playing with different last names that sounded good with Captain in front of it, but it also had to sound good with Riley.
Haskal Smith: Oh, Haskal! I have no idea where this name came from! I knew the who he was and role he needed to play in this book, so I wanted a name that would sound a bit douche-baggy. And Haskal came to mind. His last name is simple--Smith. It's an English shortened word for blacksmith, or someone who works with metal. Perfect for Haskal!
Nate Olson: This one was easy as soon as I had Nautia's name. Similar, but masculine.
Gibson: Notice something about Gibson? Yeah, he has no last name. It wasn't intentional; I just never needed it. He's the big brother character, and I wanted a first name that I felt would be that. And this is what I came up with.
Britta Lighter: She's the baby of the bunch, only fourteen. When I thought about her power as a translator, my first thought was of Encyclopedia Britannica. Pre-internet phase of life, I owned a whole set and would use them for any piece of information I needed. It's not a perfect parallel, but Britta's name came from "Britannica." Her last name is less creative; I looked through a phonebook until I found something I liked.
Cara Prior: Cara's first name just popped into my head when I started writing. She didn't have a name until I typed it in the first chapter. As for her last name, I wanted it to be close to the word "Pyro", but not that obvious. And so her surname became Prior.
USS Triton: I wanted to name the ship with something water related, but not the actual name of a real Navy ship. I was kinda surprised that Triton had never been used.
And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'll do Love Always in the next post!
Back in December, a literary agent contacted me regarding representation for the Love Always Series and Breaking Through. This would be for subsidiary rights: foreign language and audio, specifically.
So, after much deliberation, I am super pleased to announce that Sarah Hershman of Hershman Rights Management is now representing me!
What does this mean? For the Love Always Series, it means that Sarah will be submitting these books to foreign publishers in hopes of them purchasing the rights to publish this series in their language. This would be for digital, print, and possibly audio. This will not affect anything in print, digital, or audio in English. Wouldn't it be cool to see Love Always, Kate in German? Spanish? Italian? Eeep!
For Breaking Through, it means the same as the Love Always Series in regard to foreign rights, but it also includes English audio. In the audio publishing world, romance and science fiction are the big sellers, so Ms. Hershman has high hopes for this book, as it crosses genres.
I am so excited about this opportunity, and I can't wait to see what's around the corner!
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