Today I spent the better part of an hour trying to come up with fitting names for the characters of BETRAYED. For titles and surnames I’m now using my 200-year-old Debrett’s, but it doesn’t really help much with Christian names: all these people were called William or Henry or Frederick. Can you imagine a romance hero called Henry??? Nah.
Therefore I also leaved through my Concise Oxford Dictionary of First Names. As I’ve said before, choosing names is a bit tricky: on the one hand you’ve got to find something that fits the character, on the other hand it should also fit the era in which the story is set. Furthermore, you might also want to choose a name that won’t reduce readers to fits of giggles. Heavens to Murgatroyd, you definitely won’t want that! ;-P
So this time I’ve settled for Georgiana Crawley, called “Ginny”, and Frederick Crawley, Earl of Ashburnham, called “Ash”. Opinions, anyone? Giggles? Tears? (I hope not!)