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Friday, February 17, 2012


Q: BeefcakeandBabes Asks: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What’s the most unique character name you’ve come across?

My Answer: I have always thought Fagin from Dickens' Oliver Twist had a very expressive name. But after another day's thought, I'm going to go with GORMLAITH, who is the LUSTY fiery-tempered red-headed Celtic queen of Brian Boru in "Lion of Ireland". This is a great historical novel by Morgan Lywellyn that got me on a whole kick of reading Celtic subjects involving pre-Christian paganism. Though Brian's court was Christian, his reign was at a transition time when Ireland was still partly pagan. I have read the book several times along with it's sequel, "Pride of Lions"

MYSTOINNA  from "Shangri-La Trailer Park" by John Zunski, is also a pretty unusual name.  I appreciated the author giving the correct pronunciation early in the story so I could get used to saying it.  (My Stweena)
Shangri-La Trailer Park might be a little too raw for some people, so BEWARE