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Today I’m on the ‘Rose’s Ever After’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Association Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker who writes contemporary and historical family sagas.
Chrissie has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. When Chrissie is not writing or reading, you will find her walking her dog on the beach, travelling or spending time with her family and friends. She would love to hear from readers.
Rose has a promising future stretching out before her until a cruel twist of fate seizes it. Will she overcome her heartache as she tries to build a new life? Rose returns to the safe haven of Linwood colliery and her warm-hearted family. As she settles into life in the colliery rows, Rose makes an astounding discovery and a long lost family member appears who makes demands on them all..
Chrissie Bradshaw’s emotionally gripping historical reads have a northern Catherine Cookson vibe with a modern attitude. ‘Rose’s Ever After’ follows on from ‘Rose’s Choice’ yet it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel
Read ‘Rose’s Ever After’ to follow the twists and turns of Rose’s eventful life. Will the rugged path ahead, full of challenges, lead her to a new ‘happily ever after’?
Guest Post :
It’s so lovely to be invited into your magic wor(l)d again, thank you!
This post is looking at names given to characters in books and to real-life children. I wrote it ‘tongue in cheek’ so I hope your readers like it and it gives them something to smile at and think about.
What’s in a name?
I hate to disagree with Will Shakespeare but, for me, a rose needs to be called a rose to smell sweet. ‘Bladderwort’s Ever After’ just wouldn’t do it as a title for my latest book!
When I was young, we used to find Yarrow, a pretty hedgerow flower and pick bouquets. It was called ‘old man’s baccy’ in our neck of the woods and our mother wouldn’t have it in the house. Was it the name? There might have been room for a vase of wild yarrow.
The gift of a bunch of piss-the-beds, which were meant to have a diuretic effect, didn’t get over the threshold either. Dandelion, from the French ‘dent de lion’ meaning lion’s tooth, sounds much more attractive and refers to the jagged leaves of the plant. However, the French do also use the name ‘pissenlit’ because of its diuretic effects.
I rest my case; plant names are important and I want roses, with their lovely name, for a sweet smelling bouquet. Rose is the name of my main character in ‘Rose’s Choice’ and ‘Rose’s Ever After’ and, if you look at the cover,I’m sure you’ll agree I that it suits her perfectly.
The naming of children and of characters in books is a serious undertaking. I spend lots of time choosing my character’s monikers. They can usually withstand a ‘strong’ name because they are fully grown and I can ensure that they live up to their name. The main protagonist in one of my earlier books is Cleo – I know she is wilful , beautiful, a tad selfish, and has the strong features and glossy dark hair of a Cleopatra. This is a perfect name for a grown up and one that only the brave would dare choose for a tiny 7 lb baby girl.
Baby’s names -what about naming our children? Choosing something they’ll live with throughout their lives is a grave responsibilty. These days, I see some parents playing about with them almost recklessly. There should be ground rules don’t you think?
Of her own name, the late Peaches Geldof said:
“Mine has haunted me all of my life, and will continue to do so. I am named, as you may have noticed, after a fruit. I’m not Jane or Sarah or Samantha: I am Peaches. This doesn’t make sense to me at all. (My dad told me it was because he and my mum were on a Tennessee Williams trip at the time.) Then again, I was going to be called Angel Delight at one point, so I suppose I can count myself lucky.”
Here are my personal feelings on naming both children and characters in my books – I realise that you might disgree with some.
• No fruit – Apples, Mango or Melons won’t do.
• No telescopic names from the parents -Chrisbert, Tomelia or Gilliam don’t hold up.
• Nothing reminiscent of hard materials unless they’re jewels – Woody, Pebbles, Sandy , Clint, Cliff aren’t good but Emerald, Amber and Pearl are fine.
• Nothing with an X – they never sound like that anyway.
• No places with conception connotations – Paris, Valetta,Toyota, Africa, Whitley Bay.
• No baby names like Dolly, Angel, Princess or Munchkin – these are names that will not sit well when the child is school age. Schooldays are hard enough so don’t inflict them on children – keep them for small cuddly beings. Angel my cat was angelic and cuddly so she fitted this name perfectly.
Like most people, I rarely admit that I don’t like a name, do you? I have set responses to baby names. Otis? -interesting! Xanadu how cute! Chicago? Great town to be named after! We must consider that Chintzia, Muconium, Millennia, Zirconia and Sambucca may lose their sparkle but a Rose or a Lily will always be sweet! I must be biased towards flowers – my latest family saga, Rose has a sweet baby daughter called Lily.
I’ve listed groundrules, but I must confess that I believe that some rules are meant to be broken and let me be the first to say that my family’s most recent generation has a fine variety of rule-breaking names! I’m used to them now and find they fit each youngster absolutely beautifully. Xenia -perfect for a delightful girl, Arlie – unusual and just fitting for a handsome boy and Ora – a pretty name for a sweet girl.
I wonder what names will crop up in the next generation of your family? Send me any unusal ones to add to my list.
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