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THE CHARACTER OF NAMES
THE CHARACTER OF NAMES
I’ve long used an international baby name book for finding the right names for my characters. I can zero in on the right nationality and then find a name that not only sounds right, to my mind, but also has the right meaning for the character. I very seldom pick a name out and just link it to a character—it usually goes deeper for me.
When I began to “cast” my characters in Remnants: Season of Wonder, I turned to ancient warrior names for the most part, because my characters are in an epic battle of good vs. evil. With a world on the brink, these Remnants, with their special gifting, and their protective knights, all needed names that fit the world in which I’d placed them—or at least something that resonates with their characterization. So here’s the rundown…
Andriana: “Warrior”—she’s my kick-ass heroine
Asher: “Happy one”—this character practically glows with joy
Azarel: “Helper”—she’s helpful, but in a gruff sort of way
Bellona: “Warlike”—totally; don’t mess with this girl
Chaza’el: “One who sees”—he has the gift of foresight
Kapriel: “Warrior”—the good brother
Keallach: “Battle”—the evil brother
Killian: “Little warrior”—he’s tall, but I loved the sound of his name
Ronan: “Little seal”—okay, this one is an anomaly. He’s my hero and was originally Duncan (“warrior”), but my publisher had another book coming out with a hero of the same name (she who gets to press first, wins). So while I don’t see Ronan as a “little seal” at all, I LOVED the Celtic sound of his name and hadn’t seen it used in another YA novel. Then I put it to my readers to choose between three, and Ronan was the clear winner. So Ronan he was.
Tressa: “Late summer”—She’s so warm in her manner, this just made sense to me
Vidar: “Forest warrior”—He’s funny and from the heavily forested Valley, so I think of him as my Robin Hood-ish guy
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What’s YOUR favorite hero or heroine name to date? From what novel? Did the name feel like it fit the character from the get-go?
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim (RMrustic.com). Tim’s a worship leader, graphic designer and duck-sculptor. They have three kids–Olivia (18), Emma (15) and Jack (10).
The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
SUMMARY OF BOOK:
THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS….
Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.
After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.
The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must fine a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything…