Friday, September 30, 2011

It's time to name names!

Name five characters in my new YA Scifi!
 ...and you could win...
 October's give away - Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw!

The winner of Shadowcry will be chosen at random. 

If your name/s are chosen as "perfect fits" for my characters I will dedicate the book (along with the announcement on my blog) to  YOU!
 (up to five people)
To enter: 
  • Follow my blog.
  • Post the contest on Twitter, Facebook or your blog and leave a link.
  • Submit as many names as you like along with the number of the corresponding picture.
  • Leave your email address (watch out for spammers - post as name at domain dot com/net).
  • Leave your name as you would like it to appear in lights, well in print anyway. 
  I have a group of people who all basically look the same and that's a problem. It's very hard for the reader to distinguish one character from the other, so the names need to be unique and memorable.


A leader, strong and athletic

Everyone's friend, likes bugs and ice cream
A rebel, no rule should be left unbroken
A hero in the making, surprises himself with his new found courage
A reluctant follower, the whistle-blower but redeems herself in the end  

These are not the main characters, but they are vital to the story.

Good luck! I can't wait to see all of your suggestions!

September's Winner of The Magnolia League is...

 September's winner of The Magnolia League is...

Please email your shipping address to: candie at candieleighcampbell dot com
Thanks for all of the awesome answers! Make sure to submit names for October's contest!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Want to win a NOOK COLOR?

Holy cow, don't miss this one. Just follow the link and the instructions.

It's My Book! What’s the Name Got to do With it?

For some time I’ve wondered how other people come up with their character names and as a writer I choose my names carefully, hoping that the name I give will show something about the character and will still have an appealing quality over time. 

Now I’m wondering just how much the name really matters and I thought I’d send it out into the blogosphere for answers. 

Here’s the question: Is it the name that makes the character stick in your brain so long it repeats like constant pendulum in your head, or is it the character that makes the name attractive? I realize this is a little like – which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Before you answer, think of this. Would Edward and Bella still be as romantically potent if their names were Buford and Ethel? I’ve truly struggled with this one, because Stephanie Meyer did a great job writing believable characters, but I don’t think I would’ve kept reading if those were the characters names. Honestly.

Buford and Ethel?

How about, Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler, better known as Scarlett O'Hara? 

Rhett Butler, personally I think this name rocks, but I’m still not sure if it’s the character that made the name, or the other way around.

Here’s a list, see how you think you would’ve felt if the character had the alternative…

Captain Jack Sparrow = Captain Hommer Pigeon 

Captain Hommer Pigeon?

Tristan and Isolde = Tim and Izzie
Indiana Jones = Herman Jones
Elizabeth Bennett = Linda Barney
Elinor Dashwood = Ellie Dishtowel
Katniss = Katrina
Peeta = Paul
Romeo and Juliet = Ron and Julie

Okay, you get the idea. But what of the characters with perfectly normal names that are still so amazing?

Harry Potter
Lena Holloway
Claire Beauchamp
Oliver and Jennifer
William Darcy

Just to name a few, there are thousands out there.

So, are you ready?

One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to win  
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

What is the weirdest name from the literature you love and why do you love it? Is it the uniqueness of the name or the character that makes you love it?