One of the things I love about social media is discovering new authors, or at least new to me authors. When I started following and talking with Cassi Carver on twitter I had no clue she was an author, till she made a comment one day that had me wondering about her. So I went to her website and saw she had this new book coming out called Slayer’s Kiss. I was immediately intrigued and wanted more. I have to say I LOVED the book (review coming soon I promise). With the release of this really good and intense (in a good way book) I had to have her on here so you all could learn about her.
Hi, I’m Cassi Carver, author of the erotic urban fantasy, Slayer’s Kiss, and I’m thrilled to be visiting with you today! I have a problem, and I’m hoping you can help me. I wasn’t aware of this problem until I’d written my third novel, Slayer’s Kiss, and my critique partner pointed out, “Umm…do you know that every male character you’ve written has a name ending in ‘n’?”
“What?” I gasped. What was she talking about? This couldn’t be true. All my books? Even the early novels? Let’s see… Brayden, Quinn, Ian, Ryen, Ailexon, Julian, Gavin, Jaxon, Aiden, Brakken. Even my bad guys? Yep.
I was concerned. What did that say about me on a deep psychological level? I had no idea. But to combat this quirk, I started plugging in different names when I could—mostly to secondary characters. Admittedly, these new names sound wrong to me, but with any luck, future readers won’t throw my books across the room and exclaim, “Every name of every man in this book ends with ‘n’!”
So rest assured, I’m working through this naming issue…but in truth, it kills me to withhold an “n” name from a handsome hero, and it may even affect the hero’s future. “How?” you ask…
Well, currently I’m writing full length Shadow Slayers novels and leaving the novellas to tell the story of people who didn’t get their HEA in the main series. If I’m writing a novella for a secondary character from the world of The Shadow Slayers, I’m much more likely to give Flynn his time in the sun, rather than Liel or Steve. There’s nothing wrong with Liel and Steve…except their names. If Liel and Flynn are vying for the same woman—Flynn is likely going to come out on top. (And in case you’re reading Slayer’s Kiss, wondering who Flynn is…he isn’t in there. A double “nn” name like that clearly deserves its own series.)
What about you? How much thought do you give to names in the books you read? Does it even matter? I need your help, guys, so I’m going to give out a digital copy of Slayer’s Kiss to one person who comments today—and I promise not to look at the last letter of your name!