Craft

BlogCarnOct14-01+(1)Well, it’s that time of month again… When I gather on a Wednesday with some of my writing friends & we all answer the same question. This month we are answering the question, “What is your favorite character name?”

I’ll start with some background. As Historical Romance Authors think about creating names and titles, there are three major pitfalls to be avoided. The first? Coming up with a title that sounds real but is not actually extant. To do this, I consult maps of England and look for names of small towns that sound appealing, pair them with a rank and then google it to make sure it’s not actually a real title (wouldn’t want to offend a Earl!). Next, there is the problem of whether or not a first name existed in the time period. For example, my own name, Wendy, is said to have been created by EM Barrie for Peter Pan, and doesn’t appear on birth records during the period I write (although I do have a 18th century Dutch ancestor whose name was Wyntie, but I digress). Finally, when using a carefully-chosen, period-appropriate name, a historical romance writer has to stay aware the use of given names was VERY restricted, and so, at the start of every book, the hero and heroine are unlikely to be on a first-name basis. Take, as an example, Jane Austen. In Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth’s parents refer to one another as “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Bennett” and in Emma, at the triumphant, love-confession moment, Emma declares “I need not call you Mr. Knightly, I can call you my Mr. Knightly.”

I tried to keep all of this in mind while writing my Furies series. Continue reading

I’m trying to create my own twitter pitch for my WIP. So far I have:

A marquess is won for a thrice-jilted lady in a high-stakes card game. Their romance is threatened by secrets and a former lover’s thirst for revenge.

or

A marquess intent on losing all instead gains a thrice-jilted lady. She’s his perfect solution. He is everything she will not trust again.

Ugh. I hate one-sentence pitches. But they are sooo useful when revising. I wish I could get the fact that her brother won him in a card game in there, but it takes up too much space and doesn’t deliver enough punch.

 

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