Where on earth do they come from?

Several people have mentioned the names I give my characters… or the names the characters have for quite often I don’t consciously decide on a name, it just arrives with the person I’m writing about.
I am reblogging this post as it explains why the unusually named Deke has her name, and I hope explains why I resisted changing it… sorry if it’s annoying… but I just really feel it suits her character. her sister is called Blaine because I thought that is what parents who called one child Drusilla, might call their other daughter.
I do a great deal of research into names, and have several books about them, so naming my characters is not just a casual thing!

Lois Elsden

I’m often asked where my characters come from… well, I’m not sure I actually know. In FARHOLM, I don’t know where Deke or Michael came from, they arrived after Nathan Flynn, the pirate, and I do know where he came from. I had a vivid dream of a pirate, a dashing handsome, big man, with long hair, braided and with rings in his ears and eyebrow. In my dream he laughed and said “I am Nathanial Flynn.” So I had Nat Flynn and for a while he was all I had and I intended him to be the main character of what I was going to write.

One of my favourite places is Rathlin Island off the cast of County Antrim and I had wanted to write something set on an island for quite a while and somehow Nat Flynn and an imaginary island came together.

I am not a…

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