I’m finishing up a manuscript this week. It’s the fifth in my Texas Sirens series. (Blatant plug – Beast the second Faery Story is coming out tomorrow. And now back to our previously scheduled blog.)
I turned Siren in Waiting in to my personal, Chloe, and the first thing she yelled at me about (yes, there will be much yelling and grousing) was the fact that I used the same name on two different small characters. I had two Lous. I named a character Lou utterly forgetting that I had named the sheriff of Deer Run Lou in a previous book. Yeah. I’m brilliant. I renamed the sheriff Bill in this book which sent Chloe into an apoplectic fit since I already have two Bills in the Bliss series. Chloe keeps my series bibles and asked me if I was trying to kill her with confusion.
While I certainly know more than one Lou in the real world, apparently there is only room for one Lou in the fictional world. I now have a new assignment. I have to make an excel document of all the names I’ve used in the twelve books I’ve had contracted and the books I’m shopping. It’s been a revelation.
The first shocker was the amount of male names I’ve used versus female names. I made a list of the names I have already used. Because I write ménage, I quickly discovered that the boy list was way longer than the girl list. In just my contracted work and the sequels I’m pretty sure are going to sell, I’ve already used Jack, Sam, Julian, Lucas, Max, Rye, Stefan, Aidan, Finn and Callum. Conversely, my main female characters are Abby, Rachel, Callie, Lexi, Gabrielle, and Dani. My females only account for 37.5% of my names used. If I follow through on my plans for a ménage a cinque, it will be much worse. It’s an idea I’ve had running through my brain to do a “Big Boing Theory” book complete with five geeks turned hotties. When I sat down to plot, my biggest problem was coming up five names for my geeks.
Seriously, I’m running out of names. My fall names are Dante, Trev, Bo, Caleb and Alexei. And I still have secondary characters to name. Secondary characters are hard because I really don’t want to use a name I might end up using on a hero. Hence the Bills. And Hals. And Lous. If I keep this up I’ll be left with a ménage featuring Myron and Gilbert.
Someone please send me a baby name books – heavy on the guy names. If I use Bill or Lou one more time, Chloe just might explode.
Sophie Oak writes for Siren Publishing. Her latest, Beast, is out Friday, September 23rd.