Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Name Thief!


Congratulations to "Jonetta" and "Julie O", the winners in Barbara's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I don’t know how it is for other writers, but it’s difficult for me to come up with new and unique character names for my books. I’ve developed this…habit. I steal names. There. I admit it.

I used to work for the American Red Cross recruiting blood donors. I loved the job because pages and pages of names would pass before my eyes on a daily basis. I kept a tiny notebook beside me at all times, and when I read a name I liked, I’d write it down. (No other personal information, I swear. Just names.) This took place while I was an aspiring writer. Now that I’ve graduated to published author, my obsession with name theft has grown exponentially.

I take names wherever I can get them. Driving to Indiana this past summer, I saw a great name on the side of a building. I took it. Not the sign, mind you, just the name. And yes, it’s now in one of my books. I have pilfered names from co-workers, students, friends and family. When I feel it’s appropriate, I ask for permission. Lots of times though, the names just pop up in my stories and the pilferees are none the wiser.

In book #3 in the Perfect, Indiana series, A CHANGE OF HEART, which releases November 26th, our heroine’s therapist at the VA center got her name from one of my coworkers. She granted her permission in exchange for a copy of the book. A bus driver in THE DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES got her name from another coworker of mine, and the family who owns the butcher shop in Perfect got their name from a neighboring farm family from my youth. I did change their name slightly. Our neighbors were the Offermans, and I changed it to Offermeyer. Webers, Maurers and Hoffman also come from my Haubstadt, Indiana days.

I collect names like some people collect figurines or collectibles! Life as a writer gives rise to unique quirks, I guess. Or is it just me? Beware! I’m a name thief, and yours might be the next name I steal.

BLURB FOR A CHANGE OF HEART – Montlake Romance, November 26, 2013

Cory Marcel worked tirelessly over eight grueling years to develop a successful military career. After her commanding officer violently assaulted her, she lost everything—especially her ability to trust. Despite the emotional damage threatening to sink her, Cory agrees to accept a new job at a furniture manufacturing business in Perfect—a job that could offer the fragile brunette the chance to start over.

Ted Lovejoy cofounded Langford & Lovejoy Heritage Furniture, but lately he feels like an outsider in his own business. When he meets Cory, Ted realizes his company can do more than just build furniture—it can also help rebuild lives. He longs to help Cory recover from her pain, yet every time he gets too close to her heart, she pushes him away.

While Cory can’t resist her attraction to Ted, she fears the demons haunting her will drag down both of them. Could this kind, soft-spoken man help her finally bury the past…and unlock a future full of hope and happiness?

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online and Powells. For excerpts and buy links, visit:
www.barbaralongley.com

Giveaway:
*Barbara will be giving away a signed ARC of book 1, FAR FROM PERFECT, and a signed ARC of book 2, THE DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Nov. 27th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. US residents only.

19 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on RELEASE DAY! The site is gorgeous, and I'm thrilled to be here!

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  2. Congratulations, and happy Release Day wishes to you, Barbara!

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  3. Hi, Barb! Congrats on release day!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, Naomi! And thanks, Maureen!

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  5. I think your thievery adds authenticity to your stories as you're using real life people from the settings you know. I love how some people are bartering for use of their name. You know they're getting all their friends and relatives to get the book:)

    I read the description of the first book in this series and was immediately drawn in. Thanks for the post and the information about your series. Keep on stealing!

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  6. Oops! Forgot me email.

    jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Jonetta...I'm gonna have to steal your name...I love unusual and unique names. :0) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Steal away! Nurses at the hospital where I was born gave it to my Mom who was so totally convinced I was going to be a boy she hadn't selected a girl's name. Dad was in Germany so she went with it:)

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  8. Naming characters is tough. Especially if you write series. I tend to go too generic, in naming my characters.

    I do have to share how the hero in my upcoming book got his name. My husband was the youngest cousin on a family road trip when he was five or six. His older cousin Mike teased him saying he wasn't really a Mathews, his real name was Johnny Scottsdale. He's teased him about that name ever since. Well, I decided to show him, and turned Johnny Scottsdale into a romance hero.

    So now my husband gets teased for being the inspiration behind my books.

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  9. I am an avid reader, not a writer. But, I had a dream I wrote a book and the heroine's name was Sassy Stephens. Now, I can't get the darn name out of my head. If I had more disciplne I would write the book and hopefully be able to move on.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

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    1. You may be a writer. We all start somewhere.

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    2. Exactly! Most of my ideas begin with a single character. Write it, Julie!

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    3. Thank you for the encouragement but, I can't seem to put the books already written by others down long enough to write one myself. Guess Sassy and I are stuck with each other. Its ok ...she tends to crack me up. Is it normal for a character to become your invisible friend?
      Julie O

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    4. Yes, Julie. It is possible for characters to take on a life of their own...

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  10. Kristina Mathews, do you want to be in the drawing? I need an email address. I won't use it for anything other than the drawing.

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  11. I used the name of an ice cream place near where I lived in Massachusetts as the name of a ranch in Wyoming. Steal names? Not me!
    (I did have to change the last name of a pseudo-bad guy in my next story because it was the same as my aunt's! I didn't realize it when I wrote it!)

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  12. I'd so do that, Abigail! If I like the way the name of business sounds, it's MINE! Ha!

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  13. Interesting info

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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