For me, the first step in peopling my story with interesting characters is deciding on their names. The right name tells you volumes about a character. What if Elizabeth Swan had been named Letitia Throckmorten? Changes the whole story, doesn't it?
Before THE CHATELAINES got up and running, the whole gang had some group email discussions about the relative hotness of certain male names. Face it, it’s hard to get excited about a hero named Murgatroyd or Icabod. One name we all agreed had a high hotness quotient was Rhys (pronounced Reece).
I was surprised to learn that several of us had already used, or intended to use, the name. Rhys Drake is the name of my hero’s father in PLEASURING THE PIRATE. Of course, my Rhys is already dead when the story starts, but that doesn’t diminish his influence over Gabriel. Rhys Drake was a hard man, a driven man, one who demanded much from himself and those around him. His indomitable spirit motivates his son Gabriel to leave a life of piracy and try to reclaim his place as a gentleman. My prodigal pirate fails to court a woman of quality, falling instead for the chatelaine who’d held
Would Rhys Drake have approved? Gabriel will never know. And it wouldn’t matter anyway. Pirates have a tendency to take what they want, devil take the hindermost, and Gabriel might not have a swaying deck beneath his feet, but he’s still a pirate at heart.
So that’s the story of my Rhys. Maybe the other CHATELAINES will tell about theirs.
What guy names rate high on your hot-o-meter?