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Where Do Book Characters & Their Names Come From?

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I’ve been asked many times how I get the characters that appear in my books. Funny, I’ve always been shy in the admission of their history because many of the characters that show up are people that I know, or am related to in some manner. I’ve always worried what some of the people would say if they knew, consequently, it isn’t generally the first thing I’d choose to reveal. Most people don’t see themselves as others do, and in that knowledge rests my courage to portray them as I see them – good, bad or indifferent. This is not a strict rule of thumb though, as there are exceptions – you will see as you continue to read.

The easy ones to use as examples are the characters that have enviable personas, like Princess Rhylana. She was patterned after my wife and mother to my children. In the book, Rhylana portrays the very essence of what I see in her, and have seen for years. She’s spunky, aggressive, and kind to small children and animals. She’s a fighter, and never gives up.

Queen Mother was given her persona from a very dear lady to me, and companion. She’s aggressive, prone to lead anyone who’ll follow, (you know just to keep them safe) and dedicates her life to promoting the underdog. She’d spit in the eye of a demon, but runs from cockroaches and can’t keep herself from rescuing any and all small mammals.

Tanis, a lead character and spokesman for a series of my books was patterned after me.

Two exceptions are characters that were designed by readers. They signed up for a character contest to have their creations entered into volume one of my Dragomeir Series, “The Emerald Dragon.” Helup Ironfold, a Blacksmith by trade and rider to the dragon Jilocasin Sybaris Cirfis, was created by Jacob Overton and played a significant role in the book.   He appears in later books as well. Sergei Rasputin Cosmonov, a Red Immortal Demon and rider to the dragon Volansa Spirandi Bellator, was created by Joe Russomanno and also played a significant role in the book. Sergei too, has a role reprisal in later books.

When it comes to naming my characters, there are a few things that come to mind.

  • Some of the names are compilations of people I know or maybe even names of pets. A particular character may bring someone to mind because of their personality or specific traits.
  • I Google English names or words to determine what they would be in another language. It’s wise to check origins of names to make sure you have the correct one for the location of your setting.
  • Checking the “root” meaning of a name might be important too. It needs to apply to your character to make sense, unless it’s done purposely for comedy or irony.
  • Google is a great resource for almost everything. Once a name is picked, I often Google it to make sure it isn’t a real person who might be offended by the usage of their name. If there is a question, then I change it somehow.
  • I might use a name from a book I have read or a movie that I particularly liked because it fits the character I have created in some way. I’m careful not to plagiarize someone else’s characters.
  • I don’t always use a middle name or initial, depending on the character. It isn’t always necessary unless you need a specific emphasis on a name.
  • It’s also good to choose names that fit the era you are writing about, unless an unusual name for that time frame is part of the story.
  • I have even used names that I liked from a certain place or map that just sounded right for my character.

How do you name the characters in your stories? It would be fun to know.

Solitaire

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Holder Of Things

*** UPDATE – As of 7/20/12, chapter 13 will be the last chapter posted online until the official release of  “THE EMERALD DRAGON” ***

Holder Of Things

In the meantime, visit often because Demi tells me that when “A HOLDER OF THINGS” appears on the blog, she has gifts to give her online friends!

She even tells me that she has a mini holder of things full of amazing goodies for one lucky winner!

I have some fun posts and polls planned as well, so stay tuned!

The Emerald Dragon Character Contest

THE CALL FOR ALL POTENTIAL DRAGON RIDERS HAS BEGUN!!

The Emerald Dragon by Solitaire Parke

This Contest is open Internationally – All are welcome to participate!

The contest will run for 2 weeks, and at the close of the character contest (July 15th, 2012), 2 winners will be chosen at random.
The WINNERS of the contest will be AWARDED:

  • A blog post announcing the Contest winners on Solitaire Parke’s blog.
  • Their character and dragon introduced into the story of “The Emerald Dragon” and will be mentioned periodically throughout the book thereafter.
  • A mention of the contest winners on the dedication page of the book.
  • A signed copy of the book sent to the Contest winners when the book is released.

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To avoid confusion as to where you should be commenting and entering the contest, I have removed the guidelines and details from my blog and ask that you follow the link below:

Alexia’s Chronicles Blog: http://alexiachronicles.blogspot.in/2012/07/create-character-for-emerad-dragon.html

I apologize for any confusion, Alexia’s Chronicles has requested that the contest be hosted exclusively on their blog. I hope everyone has lots of fun and THANK YOU for stopping by to enter the Contest!!!
Good Luck!!!

~Solitaire Parke~

A Call To Potential Dragon Riders!

I want to thank those of you that have been following the release of each chapter of “The Emerald Dragon” every Friday! When I started writing the story of Tanis and Demi, I hoped I would bring an exciting story that encompasses exciting Fantasy elements such as, Dragons, Warriors, Hell Hounds, Demons, Vampires, etc. and give you the ability to visit the world of Dragomeir from the comfort of your computer chair!

It is with your support and feedback that this project will come to fruition! But having said that, I am excited to send out an invitation to all potential dragon riders…

You are invited to enter “THE EMERALD DRAGON” CHARACTER CONTEST!!

The Emerald Dragon by Solitaire Parke
Two people will win a chance to create a character (dragon rider) and dragon that will be featured in the book! Anyone who wants to participate would need to come up with the character’s name, origin, their dragon’s name, the species of dragon, as well as color, age and gender. The winners will not only have their characters immortalized in the story, but I will also mention the winners on the dedication page of the book, send them a signed copy when the book is released and of course, mention them on my blog as the winners of “The Emerald Dragon” Character Contest!

The guidelines and specifics will be posted on this blog on June 30th!

*Contest Winner*

Tapestry by Solitaire Parke

I am so pleased to announce that I have my first WINNER of the “Riddle Me This” Contest!!!

My Congratulations go to:

Jason Cook from Phx, AZ

Many thanks Mr. Cook for participating in the contest! I will be shipping your signed copy of “Tapestry” asap!

It’s not too late to try your luck at guessing what the poem is about! I still have two e-book copies of “Tapestry” to give away!

*Contest Alert* – Riddle Me This!

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
–   Edgar Allan Poe

“Poetry is a sensual assault on your senses.”
–    Solitaire Parke

There is a rhythmic cadence to poetry that no other form of writing can equal. It is the only known method to transfer a person’s thoughts and feelings at the emotional level without sacrificing their intellect. Poetry sets up a flow that can be as lazy as a Summer’s day or as torrid as a raging River. It allows you to play with your vocabulary for an emotional outcome as dense as armor or as filmy as gauze. It penetrates the heart and can cause tears to cleanse the soul.

The rhyme scheme does not matter, only the fervor that you place within it. Gentle and damaging, it speaks to us all. Simple as breathing or as a riddle that can vex you to the core. That being said…Riddle Me This…

Here is a poem, veiled as a riddle and a mystery. The first person to guess its meaning and leave the answer as a comment will win a signed copy of my new Poetry book “Tapestry”! Two copies of “Tapestry” in ebook will also be up for grabs!

THE ENDLESS FLAME

by Solitaire Parke

A ring of fire with the strength of four.
The mist is rising and calls for more
Than scorched remains it holds below.
But summons from the heat it sows
Aromas from the flesh it sears
And stings the eyes with stubborn tears.

A frozen wasteland in darkened white.
Day breaks without heat as its wall ignite
In a crystalline layer of myriad glass.
This snow bank’s eternal and time cannot pass.
Yet moved from the haven above time and space,
It warms in the sunlight – immortality erased.

Lush and tropic, it rains on cue.
The heat is stifling as waves pour through
This forest of afterthoughts we’ve left behind.
A sea of sensations that no one will find.
Then like parchment it dries in the hot summer air
As the cycle repeats itself year after year.

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