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  • Feb. 1st, 2010 at 12:30 PM
It occurs to me that a lot of my character names come from weird, weird places. I thought I'd share!

All of the characters' first names, with the exception of Jinn, are Shakespearean references. While I wouldn't call the story a Shakespeare retelling, it is heavily influenced by Shakespearean themes, and I wanted to pay tribute to that in the characters' names. All of the characters' last names are from my favorite musical. I wish there was a clever reason for this, but actually...I just couldn't come up with last names. So I stole them from a musical. NAME THAT MUSICAL and you are awesome, by the way.

Rosie and Scarlett are color-related names that suit their individual personalities; their last name, March, is a reference to LITTLE WOMEN. SISTERS RED is kind of packed with "easter eggs"-- almost every street name, and every number is a reference of some point (usually to the Grimm brothers or the original Little Red Riding Hood fairytale itself). There's a minor character named Cecelia whose name was picked because of the way Saorise Ronan's character says it in the movie Atonement-- there's such desperation on her voice when she says the name, it really stuck with me.

Ansel and Gretchen are references to Hansel and Gretel. Sophia Kelly has a more interesting origin-- there was a girl in the marching band I coach named Sophie, and I thought she looked like the character who would become Sophia. I used Kelly because of that old song-- "Has anybody here seen Kelly? K-E-double L-Y."

Now...back to SWEETLY revisions with me...*crawls into cave*


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noodlesforyou wrote:
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
NAME THAT MUSICAL and you are awesome, by the way.

rent! and yes, i am awesome, i know. :-)

names are funny, though. i think it weirds people out sometimes that i am single but have a strong idea of what i wold name my kids if i ever had any. but the thing is, i wouldn't ever want to use a name in a story and then name a kid the same thing. it would just feel wrong, somehow.
(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hello, I must admit I am new to your site. I say your 'Get a Laser Printer Video' and then googled some of your other video blogs.

I hope to be published one day and was wondering if you can tell me how your approach rewrites. I just can't seem to get in the swing of them. Rewrites make me want to move on to another project. Any help or suggestions?

Also, love your site and I am really glad to have found you. I am looking forward to reading As You Wish.
achinghope wrote:
Feb. 1st, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I missed those Shakespeare references *rolls eyes* Bad English major, bad, bad.

I come across my names in very strange ways. Sometimes I'll just google such things as: strong Celtic name, just to see what comes up.
(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Have you picked the topic for tomorrow's blog tv?
ying_ko_4 wrote:
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
I had the honor to be a character in a novel and a short story a friend of mine wrote. Getting a butt whoopin' early in the book was sort of amusing, in a bizarre sort of way...having my wife and our cats included was also pretty cool. And it was a western!

When I scrawled my novel for NaNoWriMo last year, I named the Evil Woman after somebody who did a family member wrong. I never met her, but I used part of her actions as back story...changed some others...

I named the law firm after characters from a series of books I like quite a lot. The author was thrilled and took it as a compliment. Other names were pulled from here and there. Some were nods and some weren't. Some just sounded good.
(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
The names in my WIP are all tributes to General Hospital.

Just kidding!!

Truly, they just pop into my head as right for the character.

In another book I was more meticulous, making sure the names were accurate for their time - you can look up popular names for any year on the Social Security website. I don't like when names don't fit the age and time period.

Amy Sue Nathan
(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I totally missed the Little Women name connection in Sisters Red. I assumed that the last name March came from the word "marchen" which means "fairy tale" in German!
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Oh, hi!

My name is Jackson Pearce-- I'm the author of retold fairytales (SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, COLD SPELL), funny contemporary stories (PURITY), tales of wishes come true (AS YOU WISH), and middle grade adventures (THE DOUBLECROSS, coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, coming May 2015).

This is NOT my main blog page-- this is a syndicated livejournal account. Please check out my main blog/site at www.jacksonpearce.com!
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