Naming Characters in Historical Fiction


Naming characters can be tricky. I’m sure there are a thousand books on how to do it, but I’ve not read them.


You sKamuaee, there’s a book for every step of the writing process. If I took the time to read them, I’d never get any writing done.


When it came to the African slave boy who becomes Mary Boland’s soul brother, I did research on African surnames. I finally chose Okafor. He is Kamua Okafor, son of a witch doctor, and brilliant.


Imagine my surprise while watching the N.C.A.A. finals to see their freshman star, Jahlil Okafor. And he looks exactly the way I imagined Kamua at the same age.


Well, perhaps Kamua wasn’t 6’11”, but he was tall.


I’m taking this as an omen that you will love Shanty Gold. Please stay tuned for publication date and readings. It won’t be long now.


And please let me know what you think of these blogs. Otherwise, I feel like I’m in a one-sided love affair. Do leave a comment, won’t you?


jeanne charters Jeanne Charters writes about the business of living your life to the fullest. Over the years through her magazine columns, books and blog posts, she has sought to help other women face life's challenges through humor, strength and perseverance.

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