What’s in a Name? by Lee-Ann Brodeur

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When our twin daughters were born they remained Baby A and Baby B until a couple of hours before we were discharged from the hospital, three days after they were born. My husband is French Canadian and I am a mishmash of everything European/Canadian. Being that our faith is pretty important to us, we wanted to be careful with what we called our children (in case they lived up to their name!). Our task wasn’t easy. We had to find names easily pronounced in French and English with a biblical or strong spiritual meaning.

Four children (who all remained nameless until hours before bringing them home) and eight names later, I still struggle with finding the perfect names for my book characters (you’d think I’d be a pro by now!).

Snowbound in Winterberry Falls was a fun book to write and it was my first attempt at writing an inspirational romance. I wanted older and still single characters. The faith journey these two were going to go on would rock one or both their worlds. Popular names like Hunter or Taylor weren’t likely to fit the mid to late thirties age range and I just couldn’t picture one or both having to face the trial I had set up for them.

 What’s an author to do?

I started with my circle of influence and listed the names of people in the same age group as my characters, but did I really want them to think they were my characters (especially knowing the agony my characters were going to go through)?  I scrapped that list and searched for popular baby names in the years my characters would likely have been born. Bingo! 

As I read through the list, a couple of names kept popping out at me.

And thus, Jason Miller and Stephanie Clark were given names.

I can’t wait to share Jason and Stephanie’s journey with you, but alas! We have to wait until November for their story to hit the virtual bookshelves. I hope you’ll have as much fun reading their story as I did writing it.

I’d love to hear from you and invite you to join my Facebook page so we can chat and keep in touch. Follow me: www.facebook.com/annbrodeurauthor and check out my website where I blog and post reviews of books I’m reading: http://brodeurwrites.com.  Newsletter subscribers get an extra treat – a serial cozy mystery exclusively written for them. Readers can subscribe here: http://brodeurwrites.com/?page_id=505.

Hope to see you there!

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