J. Lee Moffatt (jleemoffatt) wrote,
J. Lee Moffatt

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What's in a Name?

I like J and D names. I don't know why. I think it may be because I'm Jennifer and my brother is David. But push comes to shove, the first round of names that pop up for any character for me is a J or D or both. I also seem to like Ls. My mom is also a J, my dad is an S, and my grandmothers were both Lee which is how I got the name.

My characters are:
Jace Winters
Denver Sinclair
Jack Dawson - Jack is becoming Nick Ambrose
Layne (I don't remember her last name) - is becoming Destiny

Denver is set in stone. Denver never had another name. He came to life fully formed in my head like Athena with his name, his attitude and his history. He is the easiest character I have ever dealt with creativity wise and the worst. He's pushy and takes over any story he's involved in.

Jace, on the other hand, has been through some big changes. He started out as a typical female urban fantasy character. Her name was Dorian Spar. Horrible name. HORRIBLE. So I did a poll to rename her, and Jace Winters won. I love the name. After writing 2+ novels with Jace being female, I realized that I can't write women. I just can't. I fail at writing my own gender, so last summer Jace became a guy.

Male Jace is wonderful to write. He has the same basic history as female Jace did, but he works for me. He's also tough enough to stand up to Denver in a scene and not roll over and show throat. Their scenes crack me up when I read back on them.

Jack needs a new name. His wife Layne is already getting a new one. Denver's girlfriend's name is Lily. See L names! God I'm in such a rut! I was working on the 2nd draft of Jack's book, where I've renamed Layne - Niki Ambrose. She's a super model and a total bitch. This book is a paranormal romance. (I know. I can't believe I wrote one either.)

This morning I decided the Jack will be Nick Ambrose, and Layne will be Destiny. She's heavily based on an old RP character of mine named Destiny anyway, so she may as well use that name.

Confused? Don't worry about it.
Tags: naming characters

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