Coming up with names for characters or places in a book is never easy. Characters and important places are like a writer’s babies. There are several names in my novel Florid Eyes that are particularly meaningful to me.
Violet – I named my heroine Violet because she is like strong and one of a kind like Scarlett from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Like Scarlett, she is not without flaws, but in her own way.
Woodrow Mansion – It is named after the 28th US President Woodrow Wilson. He was the only president to have ever earned a PhD, a real one, not those honorary bull crap. As an aspiring academic, I just have so much admiration for him.
Elmhurst Place – Elmhurst, Illinois is the place some one dear to me used to work at.
Professor Berry – my undergraduate mentor, the person who inspired me so much, is Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Professor Steve Berry.
The Cheungs – Cheung is a common Cantonese last name. Any Cantonese speakers will know someone who the Cheung last name has to be from Hong Kong.
Thomas – the dutiful servant reminds me of those footmen on Downton Abbey. This Thomas is not crafty and despiteful, though. He is more like William.