I’m terrible with coming up with character names. I’m alright when it comes to naming the leading players but when it comes to the supporting cast, I struggle. I literally pull names from phone books. It’s probably good that I don’t have kids. I can see me agonizing for a month over what I’m going to call Simon Jr. and Simone Jr. and then just pulling something from thin air. People will come up to me at soccer practice and ask me how Ashtray and Shutter Speed are doing at school.
So I’m a liability when it comes to naming people and here I am again, I’m putting the finishing touches on Paying The Piper and I have a whole supporting cast with no names. This is where you come in. I bet you’ve got an interesting name. Want to share it with me?
For the next month, I’m conducting a casting call. I’m collecting names and my favorite ones will become the characters in my next book. I have positions within the FBI, allies to the protagonist and the antagonist. If you’d like to toss your name in the hat, please sign up here at http://www.simonwood.net/newsletter.htm or send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to share this email with friends, family and other interested parties. This isn’t meant to be a secret, so spread the word. I’ll be collecting names until the end of March and I’ll announce the winners in my April newsletter. There’s one exclusion though. John and Joan Smiths aren’t welcome.
This is my last Murderati post for a couple of weeks. Troy Cook will be filling my shoes while I’m away. You’ll hear a lot of dirty lies about my absence, ranging from rehab partner to Lindsay Lohan to plastic surgery to increase my height. Don’t believe them. The truth of the matter is that I’m flying back to England for a whistle-stop tour to see family and friends before I hit the roads promoting Accidents Waiting To Happen.
So be good and don’t make a mess while I’m away.