Having a Laugh: Ridiculous Names in Novels…

I have always revelled in silly names, particularly in novels: Gussie Fink-Nottle and Cyril Bassington-Bassington, anybody?While writing my latest, I was delighted to find out that there was such a surname as ‘Swindle’, and I have used it for the real name of one of the characters, though that isn’t revealed until near the end, … Continue reading Having a Laugh: Ridiculous Names in Novels…

Characters’ First Names: How Do Authors Choose Them?

I am a fully paid up, card holding name’s geek. I have been, since my sister bought me a book on first names and their meanings  when I was thirteen (more years ago than I care to admit).  It was a little Collins’ Gem Dictionary,  with a red leather cover. I found it fascinating. I … Continue reading Characters’ First Names: How Do Authors Choose Them?