How do you decide on a name for your characters? Do you simply use the names of family members or people that you know? Are you a fan of alliteration? Do you subscribe to the writing ‘rule’ that says no two character names should begin with the same letter of the alphabet?
I always know the name of my male main characters, and that name is always a derivative of someone that I have had a crush on in real life. My female main characters names are always names that I feel fit well with my male main characters names. The names are always era sensitive, a book set in 1980 would most likely see a Rachel rather than a Luna.
My characters are never named after people that I know well, as I write primarily romances, and writing a sex scene with characters named for family or friends would be too weird for me!
What are your thoughts?