Paula seems to like names beginning with K!
In my first book, His
Leading Lady, the hero was Kyle. His cousin was Ken, his grandmother was
Katrina, known to everyone as Kat, and the heroine played the part of Lady Kate
in the musical show. That seems to have been the beginning of my (over)use of K
In Dream of Paris,the
hero’s sister was called Kate – and so was the heroine’s best friend in Changing the Future – and the hero’s
cousin in Irish Intrigue – and a
minor character in Irish Inheritance.
What makes you think I like the name Kate?
When I wrote Irish
Inheritance, the first of my Irish stories, I didn’t plan to write a
series, but that’s what has happened.
Now I’m writing the third in the series, the K name has come
back to bite me! Although each story can stand alone, I’m using some characters
from the previous two novels as secondary characters in this one. Maybe it’s
not helped that I decided my heroine’s name would be Kara, who was mentioned at
the end of Irish Intrigue. There’s
also Karl, who was mentioned briefly in the first book, and played a small part
in the second as the ‘history buff’ of the Living History group. Eek, Kara and Karl – far too similar, so
Karl has been relegated to only a brief mention in my 3rd book. I was also going
to bring back two characters from Irish
Inheritance – two minor characters, but their names were Kate and Kelvin. Oh
no, not more Ks! Fortunately, I can get around that by not having the two K
characters after all. I also abandoned Kathleen as the name of one of the Irish
babies sent for adoption in America in the 1950s when I realised it was another
We’re warned against using similar names in our books, so
Milly and Molly are a no-no, as are Helen and Ellen, and of course, just like
Kara and Karl, similar names like Paula and Paul, or Mandy and Sandy, should be avoided. Name
association can prove to be a problem, too. In one of my books, the name of the
hero’s ex-girlfriend created the combination of Jack and Jill, so I had to
change the girlfriend’s name. In my current WIP, the hero’s ex was originally
called Cathy, which, although not a K word, still has the hard C that sounds
like K (she’s now become Rebecca, by the way!) The same can apply to surnames - we don't really want Paige Brown to marry Jack Turner, and become a Paige Turner, or Holly Smith to marry Alan Wood!
I think this maybe shows we need to name our characters
carefully, not just the main characters, but also the secondary ones, just in
case we want to include them in a future story.