Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Is your name the one I'm looking for?

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
 to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
 Proverbs 22:1

When a friend asked me if I would name a character in my book after him, I had a good laugh and then politely told him why I couldn't use his modern sounding name in a story set in the 1870's.  But as a last name it would work well, as a significant explorer with that same surname did pass through Victorian waters during the early part of the 1800s and was instrumental in the naming of a few coastal towns. 

Later as I thought about it some more, I discovered I like the idea of naming a character or two after people who are following my writing adventures. Your encouragement keeps me writing, and I want to share the fun around.

So today I invite you, as a follower of this blog to enter for the chance to win
  'a character name in Dorothy's novel'. 
If your name is true to the time period between 1850 and 1870 in colonial Australia, then I will be happy to place it in the hat for the final draw, this Saturday 14th November.
If your first name is too modern, you may enter your middle name, surname or even your maiden name if it is more suitable. If you've got nothing for me, I am happy to consider your dog's name or even your street name -  if it will work!
I have one male and one female character who are nameless at this point and they need to make an appearance soon. You can suggest a first name and/or surname, as your own name inspires you.
I look forward to your suggestions. :)