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If you've joined me from Dani Jace, welcome! Here are my answers:
How did you go about choosing the names for your characters?
Oh, god, names.
I remember when I was pregnant with our first child, I thought choosing a name would be fun and exciting. Instead it turned out to be one of the most stressful things ever! A boy name was easy – after my grandfather, my father and father-in-law – but the girl name? The ones I liked, my husband didn't – and vice versa. Plus, we have a rather unusual last name, so choosing one that fit it was even tougher. And hanging over the entire decision was the thought that this name was going to be stuck to this poor child. For. The. Rest. Of. Its. Life.
I feel the same way about my characters. The name has to fit, and that is completely and totally a gut reaction. I do seem to have a thing for the letter J, however. Heroine's 1 and 2 are June and Jemma, and Hero 4 is Justice. I have to admit, Justice is my all time favourite name for any of my characters. I was driving nine hours to a writer's conference, and in one of the small towns I passed through was the sign “Justice Motorcycles.” I knew immediately that Justice would be the first name of my next hero—and he would have to be an amazing man to live up to the name. So far, I think he is!
Where did the inspiration for your current book come from?
Well, you now know the inspiration for my current hero's name. The inspiration for his book came from the fact I wanted to write another book set in my hometown. MOUNTAIN FIRE is, CHEF D'AMOUR is not, Book 3 is bookended in the city, but I wanted Book 4 to be immersed in it. The story is a romance between an ex-hockey player turned university security guard and a big-city professor 'slumming' it for one year in the Great White North. And because it's set during the school year, that means the story is set during winter – the deepest, darkest, coldest time of the year. I love the challenge of showing how great my city is, no matter what the season.
What methods do you use to ensure you have no plot holes (journal, storyboard, outline, editor, etc.)?
I do use a spreadsheet to outline each book, but usually a quarter of the way in I have to start changing the spreadsheet to match the book. During the first draft, I do my best to keep the plot holes to a minimum, of course, but there's always a couple that sneak through. I hope to catch them on my first read-through – and I always ask my betareaders to keep their eyes open.
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7/8/2014 05:42:57 am
What a great story on how you came up with the name Justice. Goes to show how every experience can help a writer along even driving by a motorcycle shop.
7/8/2014 02:11:04 pm
There are so many ways to get ideas for names, characters, stories...I can barely keep up, some days.
7/8/2014 06:04:36 am
Justice is a great hero name. I may have to steal it at some point ;)
7/8/2014 02:12:21 pm
If you do, I want an acknowledgement! :)
7/8/2014 06:43:48 am
I agree with Steve-- love the name Justice. Great post!
7/8/2014 02:12:49 pm
I think it works because he's not a lawyer or cop (although security guard is kind of close, I suppose). I don't know...it just fit right.
7/8/2014 08:30:04 am
You and Dani with the J's
7/8/2014 02:13:13 pm
Great minds think alike! ;)
7/8/2014 08:45:23 am
A winter setting in the northwest would be challenging (but yeah, it's full of incredible beauty, too). Looking forward to it!
7/8/2014 02:13:47 pm
I'm having trouble remembering it is supposed to be cold, when summer has been so beautiful this year!
7/8/2014 09:04:06 am
I'm a lover of "J" names as well!
7/8/2014 02:14:50 pm
This blog post is brought to you by the letter "J" :)
7/8/2014 10:13:26 am
I love justice because it;s so different. I try to find unique names that aren't strange, but tend to swerve back to boring.
7/8/2014 02:15:55 pm
We are creative writers - you wouldn't think it would be tough to come up with creative names. But names that are too odd look forced, and I don't like spelling names weird, just to make them different. It's a conundrum sometimes!
7/8/2014 10:56:16 pm
I usually have to start changing and switching my carefully laid out plan as I go as well, just to make sure everything matches :D Great answers!
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