Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Teen Book Scene: Guest Blog: Suzanne Young

I am honored to host Suzanne Young, author of A Need So Beautiful, on my blog today as part of a Teen Book Scene Blog Tour.  I got the chance to ask Suzanne one of the questions I had.

How did you come up with the names for your characters?

When writing a book, I’m rarely set on a name from the start. For A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, Charlotte’s name was originally Sara. After a few chapters I switched it, first to Elise, and then to Charlotte. Monroe Swift was originally Lincoln, and Alex—her foster brother—was originally Theo. The only name I knew from the beginning was Harlin. It just sounded right.

To truly name my characters, I have to learn their voice first. I can write a synopsis with names and then as I start the manuscript, I might change them completely and confusing my friends. I have to feel a connection with the name—something that ties it to that character’s behaviors.

Now when I start writing, I often look up old fashioned baby names so that I can grab something with personality. Next book, look for an Elise and an Abraham. At least for now…

Thanks Suzanne!  Here is my review of A Need So Beautiful.

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