Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's in a name?

I’m nearly finished with my wip that I’m calling Absolution, and I realize that I need to change my main character’s name. Her name started out as Libby but changed to Julia. I have another central character whose name starts with J, and now I’ve got to change “Julia” to a name that does not start with J.

She’s 44 years old, married with one child. She's a bit headstrong (determined), loyal, and works from home as an advertising copywriter. The theme of my story: The hardest person to learn to forgive is yourself.

Here’s a short list of contenders:


Evelyn (Most of the time she'd be called Evelyn, but sometimes it would be Evie.)




Please, help me out. Which name do you like best?


Dawn said...

If she is kind of a spunky character, I like Zoe best. If she is a more subdued character, I think Evie would be nice.

Diane Marie Shaw said...

Audra gets my vote.

Chelf said...

I like Maura best.
I agree that a more subdued character would be a good Evelyn (Evie).

Kay Day said...

Zoe wasn't very common in the 60's. I use this site to check that :

I like Audra.

Michele Cushatt said...

Audra or Evelyn. I like Evelyn, but Evie makes me think of a little girl. Probably because I have a 7-year-old Evie in my novel!

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks for your comments. I need all the help I can get.

Kay, I found all those names on a site that lists names from 1967, and I went to high school (70s) with a girl named Zoe.

Jessica Kirkland said...

I think Evie sounds like a headstrong name for some reason. I vote Evie...