I can think of some stand out characters' names I will always remember: Katniss Everdeen, Holden Caulfield, Harry Potter, and on and on. Which bring me to the topic of this post.
Do you have an interesting story about how you got your protagonist's name?
I do. Sort of.
I was out with my two girlfriends at a bar/restaurant, drinking wine, and having a good 'ol time. We got on the discussion of how YA books introduced lots of first loves.Out of the blue, I asked them what their first loves names were. My first love's name was not so remarkable. Actually, it was kind of funny-sounding.
Anyway, my one friend told me her first love's name.
And I said, "That's a damn good name--I'm going to use it in my next book."
So, Callen Frazier became my protagonist in HANDS TOUCH.I told my friend I was using the name and we had a good laugh. When she found out I had an agent and was one step closer to *fingers crossed* publication, we had another good laugh.
Then it got weirder. She mentioned she and Callen recently found each other on Facebook and caught up on their lives: marriage, family, etc.
She told him that I was writing a YA book and was using his name (but spelled differently).
His response? A total Callen response. "Cool with me!"
So thank you, real Callen, for letting me use your name.
Maybe it'll bring some good luck my way!