WARNING: Crazy writer logic ahead. Read at own risk.
As I clue up Bound to the Highlander (BTTH) and prepare it for submissions, I’m thinking about the work ahead of me for the next two books in my Highlander series. The second, Promised to the Highlander (PTTH), is written, though it’s a very rough first draft. The third, Enemy of the Highlander (EOTH), is still in my head. There’s also the novella from the minor characters in BTTH, but that’s another story. Rimshot. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. 😛
My main characters for EOTH are introduced in PTTH so I need to confirm their names pretty soon. I changed names a lot in BTTH so I’d like to avoid that this time around. Drove some of my beta readers a bit cracked. Hope you’re following my logic here. Still with me? Awesome.
Names are critical to me right away so I can get a better feel for the characters. So, I’m gonna ask for some help and I’m more than willing to reward said help. 🙂
Below are the main character names for my three novels and for the planned novella as well. Right now that’s the entire series as it stands. Any names I’ve starred (*), are firm. Not that I’m being stubborn about it, but my gut is telling me they’re the right names and so I’m gonna leave them like that for now.
Any name not starred is totally open to suggestion. As there are two, I will give away a $10 Amazon card for each name to the person who helps me choose the new one. So, two names, two gift cards. Make sense? I will close this a week from now and post the results. Wanna play? Awesome.
Bound to the Highlander: *James MacIntosh/*Aileana Chattan
Promised to the Highlander: *Fergus MacKay/*Nessia Stephenson
Enemy of the Highlander: *Ronan Sutherland/Anne MacKay
Under the Highlander’s Kilt (just kidding – I have no idea what it will be called LOL): *Calum MacIntosh/Lynn MacGregor
Ok, so I need a better first name for Anne MacKay because I can’t say Anne and Ronan annanronannananan. Just not gonna work, right? I will also consider another name for Lynn. Her full name is Gwendolyn but she shortens it to Lynn, cheeky wench that she is. I’m not 100% certain her name is right though.
When I researched the other names, I Googled ancient Scottish names and that’s how I found Aileana which is pronounced Aaaleeeana and Nessia which is pronounced Nessia. 😀