I've found that naming characters is just as hard as naming your children.
I bet you're thinking, "Duh."
Naming a character shouldn't be that hard. You're creating them in your head. There's no significant other to argue with about it. Trust me on this. I've fought with Mr. Curtis through the naming of three children (luckily, he has no interest in naming pets, otherwise, they might never be named).
But back to me, my head, and character naming. Back when I first pitched Harmony Valley to Heartwarming, I needed to come up with three names for my heroes. Easy-peasy? Na-uh. Here's the mumbling conversation I had with myself (when you work alone from home you're allowed to talk out loud):
"Peter, Pete, Sam, Samuel, Fred, Mark, Josh...Those all suck." (apologies to anyone with dear ones of those names)
And then, "William (there'd just been a royal wedding), Farley, Stu...ah, Will works."
Followed by the idea to have someone with a Scottish or Irish descent. "Mac, Flynn..." Googling of names ensued. "Just go with Flynn."
And for the final hero. "Sam. Sam fits a small town."
I dutifully scribbled down ideas and darned if "Sam" didn't stop me. "I'm not Sam. I'm Slade."
"Dude, no way. Slade is not small town. Slade is New York City, upper east side." Serious visions of a head-shaking, dark-haired man with cuff links and a tie - designer by the way. Totally disapproving.
"Okay, okay. You can be Slade." Sly smile on my part. "At least until Victoria calls me on it."
In the meantime, I'd love to hear from others about their challenges naming their "babies" - whether it was your children or a character in a book. One lucky reader will win an autographed copy of Season of Change (just as soon as I receive my print copies - lol).