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.