Welcome back! Today I'm going to delve into the names I used in the Love Always Series, why I picked them, what they remind me of, and if they are based on someone I know. I did this with Breaking Through already, so make sure to check out that post. Ready?
Here we go!
Kate Browdy: Oh, Kate. This character has been with me the longest as I started writing her when I myself was only 12. The book when I was 12 was called "Kate's Diary." I don't remember how I came up with the name; it just flowed out of my head one day. Her full first name, Kathryn, was her grandmother's name.
Damian Lowell: For Damian, I needed a name that would encompass him. Damian comes from a Greek word and means "To overcome." To me, this meant he needed something to overcome, and boy he ends up with a lot. He succumbed to grief and guilt, and that weight he couldn't shake off. But if you read to the end of the series, he eventually lives up to his name.
Jackson Lowell: I have no awesome backstory on this one. I liked the name and it sounded like a good doctor name.
Nurse Leslie: This is one of the most compassionate ladies in the world. She has to be to do the job she does. I wanted her name to be soft and gentle and this is what came to mind.
Nurse Tammy: I have a cousin whose name is Tammy. She's older than me and used to babysit me when I was little. She's not a nurse, but when the character showed up in my head, she looked a lot like my cousin. And so I simply adopted the name.
Brennan: Some of you may know this, but my youngest son's name is Brennan. No, he doesn't have cancer. But like my son, the Brennan in the book is shy, adorable, and enjoys video games.
Jason & Marcy Browdy: Again, nothing special here. Just good parent names.
Ellie Van Zee: Or Elizabeth, as is on her birth certificate. Elizabeth is one of the those super common names that seems to span generations. It's always in style. I wanted a cute, shorter version, and Ellie seemed to work perfectly.
Liam Lowell: Nora Lowell is Irish, with strong Celtic roots. So to me, it would make sense that she named her firstborn son Liam, a name with strong Celtic roots. Plus, it's a great name!
Blake: Man, I feel so bad for Blake. The guy did everything right, didn't he? Blake's name is another one of those that just popped into my head and worked right away.
Lia: This one is easy if you read the book. Her name has tons of meaning to it, and because of that, I'll just say if you want to know, you'll need to read the book!
Dylan Akoi: Dylan is very loosely based on my brother. He's definitely my little brother in the looks department. Like my brother and myself, Dylan has a Japanese heritage, hence his last name. His first name is Dylan because it's a great name! (ALERT: Keep a look out for more of Dylan...)
Olivia: This name I simply looked up the most popular names in the last five years, and this one hit the list every time. That and it's adorable!
Cassie: This one I didn't take much time with, mostly because I'm a million percent sure it's not her real name. ;)
And there you have it! The characters of Love Always! I hope you enjoyed this post, and the last What's in a Name will be on The Spirit Trilogy.
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