Names and the Characters That Have Them

First I want to thank Toni for having me over today. It is a pleasure to tour around and meet so many new people.

 I’d thought I would talk about names today. Everyone has a different way of selecting names for their characters. For me, I use Behind the Name. This is a great site with lots of information. At first I try to fit the meaning of the name with the character’s personality and if that doesn’t work, I search until I find one that fits. Okay, so that didn’t make too much sense. Let me explain.

Darian from my new release, Ravished Before Sunrise, is a vampire. I wanted a name that fit his dark, yet compassionate personality. I came across his name and said it a couple of time to see how it sounds. Something about the way the name rolls off the tongue helped me choose it.

Emalee actually came to me when I first started writing. But I wasn’t too sure what to do with her, until I started reading the 1Night Stand series.

Picking names is fun. I like to search around for that perfect name that says so much about the character. What about you all, any thoughts about the names you choose or read about?

Thanks Lia! What a treat. And for even more fun, please check out Lia’s latest release, Ravished Before Sunrise



Born with the unusual ability to see what truly lies in the shadows, Emalee Black is stuck between two worlds, the paranormal and the human. Neither one accepts or understands her and she’s forced to live a quiet, boring life in hiding. When her best friend mentions 1Night Stand dating service, Ema chooses a role-playing adventure straight out of her romantic fantasies. She’s to hunt her very own vampire and have her wicked way him.

Vampire Darian Wyman is surprised when his daughter signs him up for a one-night stand with an exclusive matching agency. At first he’s appalled by the idea, but as he reads the details of the date he becomes intrigued. For one night he will get away from the life he has long grown tired of to be hunted and captured by a would-be huntress. But he has plans of his own for his little vixen.

However, when Darian discovers the truth about Ema’s inhuman abilities, the date could end before it gets started.


Emalee’s pulse raced as she drummed her fingers on her desk and searched the website. A giddiness she hadn’t known since senior prom ran through her. The site claimed unlimited possibilities, a chance for adventure. Could they mean it? Because she’d already seen things beyond what humans deemed possible. Hell, her whole existence was unimaginable.

Her life had taken a lonesome turn when a friend she hadn’t seen since high school noted how much younger than the rest of her classmates she looked.  Her long-lasting youth had become a liability. Drawing too much attention to her unusual gift wouldn’t prove wise. In some cases, it could get her killed.  With no alternative, she’d closed the door on her life among humans and moved into the local witch coven, where everyone was different.

“What will you do?” Her best friend since preschool, a coven member in good standing, sat next to her for moral support and encouragement. Ema didn’t need much encouragement. The second Beth had mentioned a one-night stand, she’d been hooked. And Madame Eve’s dating service would save her from dying of boredom, at least for one night.

But could she go through with it? A wicked smile tugged at her lips and her inner voice said, “Hell, yeah.” Human strangers gave her a sense of safety. They knew nothing about her past or her unusual abilities.

“Just one night?”

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About Lia

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special, equally different kitty cats. She’s a wife to her soul mate, who drives her crazy during editing/revisions. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She only recently became serious about publishing her work and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is a stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world she created, leaving the day job where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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9 thoughts on “Names and the Characters That Have Them

  1. Lia Davis

    Thanks for having me over today.

  2. Jordan L. Hawk

    I went and check out Behind the Name. What a great site–I can already tell I’m going to lose a few hours poking around there!

  3. Great post, Lia! Names are special to me. Usually my characters reveal their names to me one way or another. And if I try to force a name on them…not so good. Can you say “hostile take-over?” LOL Glad your names worked out so well. Best wishes for many sales!

  4. Thanks for the tip about the site. I’ll be using it shortly, I’m sure. 🙂

  5. D'Ann Lindun

    Super post! I love naming characters. Sometimes I bend a character a little to fit a name.

  6. Awesome post!!

  7. Jennifer Lowery

    Great post! I love naming characters! It’s one of my favorite parts of writing! And the name always has to fit. Wrong name, wrong character.

  8. caseamajor

    Naming characters is so fun! One of the best parts of the creative process. Great Post, Lia.

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