After doing some blog catch up, I stumbled across the Express Yourself weekly meme. And because it's weekly, there are posts each week to let bloggers get to know you, and your work a bit more. Sounds fun, right?
This week's question is,
Character Names: What was your process for acquiring it?
I've already talked about why Claire is named Claire in After Elizabeth, but I'm not sure I've touched on Allie in My Sister's Memories, so here's that story.
|I have bad hat hair. Allie looks awesome.|
"Big Ali or Little Allie?" people would ask when you said the name.
Then everyone would be on the same page.
I knew of her but I didn't really meet her until I started working more at the store. If she was working on the same level that I was, I would read her chapters/paragraphs of the novel I was working on. "That sounds great!" she'd say, and I'd beam.
One night, she and her best friend, Jenna, came over. "Hey, you write, right?"
"Um, yea..." I answered.
"Would you mind reading our college entrance essays?"
"Sure!" I said, and got to work.
Allie's essay was honest for someone so young. It talked about being straight edge and why that's so important to her. As I read her words, it reminded me a lot of me when I was her age (you know, outstanding kid and all ;) ). I gave her back her edits, and she sent her submission off.
From then on out, Allie, Jenna, and I became friends.
|Me, Ana, Jenna, and Allie|
"Let's be pen pals!" she suggested before she left for college.
"That sounds awesome!" I agreed.
Well, she wrote me a letter, sending me a button saying, Train Wreck, on it...and well...I never wrote back.
When things went downhill, Allie was the first one I freaked out on as she and her sister sat on my couch. Then in a psycho-like fashion, I peer pressured her to come to someone's house where I lost it on him, too. She then sat with me on a beach access in the middle of the night while I bawled my eyes out watching the moon dance on ocean waves.
I felt the stairs shake before she said anything. "You're cold?"
"Do you mind if we leave?" she asked in shorts and a t-shirt in the chilly October night.
I wiped the tears away and stood to drive home.
As I left the island, she and her sister were the last people I saw in the state of North Carolina.
In the following months, Allie was on the phone after something really bad, or something really good happened. I snowboarded on the phone with her, moved across the country on the phone with her. And this year, at long last, we are finally pen pals. (I've actually been writing back this time :) )
I love Little Allie like a sister. She's my BFF. I try to give advice when I can (still reminding her that I'm more of a train wreck than a role model), and watch out for her. Because of this, when I needed a name for the little sister in My Sister's Memories, Allie was the first thing that came to mind, and it fit with her personality pretty well.
So that's why Allie is Allie.
How do you guys come up with your character names?