As writers I know how important coming up with the perfect name can be. For me, one of the toughest things is changing a character's name. It almost feels like I've given them a new identity. I usually don't put much thought into naming my characters, though. I usually go with what sounds and feels right. Imagine my surprise when I looked up the meaning for some of the names I've used and they fit my character's personality or appearance perfectly.
From SUMMER SPELL my main character Cassidy Harwell's name means curly, which fits. Cassidy is a twelve-year-old African American girl with hair as thick as a lion's mane, or at least that's how her mama describes it.
From PRETTY-EYED GIRLS DON'T CRY my main character Amelia Taylor's name means work, effort, strain, which sort of fits because she does work hard to try an hold her family together.
From SOUTH OF LONESOME my main character Shelby Porter's name means sheltered. Shelby Porter thinks her parents would keep her locked up in a cage if they could.
So when it comes to naming my characters I think I've done pretty good. I've been keeping a list of names that I plan to use in the future. I definitely have a thing for southern sounding names like Graydon.
How do you name your characters? Do you have any favorite names?