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A Rose by Any Other Name #writing #amwriting #writerslife #romance #author #forever

In my fourth novel, As the Liquor Flows, my hero is an undercover cop—a sexy job for a sexy hero. And, of course, what goes with a sexy hero? A über sexy name like Max Campbell. *sigh*.

I was on cloud nine with Max. The name fit him, his personality, his “look” (inside my head, of course), and fit with every word of dialogue that came out of his mouth. The name fit him. Period. I even found an actor who is the spitting image of the picture I had of Max in my head—Aaron Dean Eisenberg.MV5BMTg1NzEwNzIzM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjQ4NTYzNw@@__V1__SX640_SY425_

And, then my friend Sabrina A. Fish dropped the bomb on me. “You know, if he’s an undercover cop, he’s going to have a fake name.”


Max couldn’t really be Max. I had to change his name. But how could I change his ever-so-perfect name? And, even more importantly, what was I supposed to change his name too?

*sniff* *sniff* *tear*

As romance writers, we are always on the hunt for sexy hero names. Names that will burn into a woman’s mind as she’s reading—leaving her swooning and wanting more from him. And, if she’s single, on the hunt for a man with the same name just because she loves how it rolls across her tongue.

Sounds easy, right? Wrong.

With the ever-changing world of baby names, the once popular become unpopular while the unpopular see a huge bump. The “what was once sexy becomes a wet blanket, and the wet blanket becomes sexy” scenario. It’s happen dozens of times, and it will continue to happen until the end of time. Humans follow trends in names, clothing, songs, books, food—you name it and it will change.

So, now what? What do I do about Max? Well, I find him a new name—a real name. While he can still be Max for a good 3/4ths of the book, he’s got to have a real name when his secret is exposed to the heroine.

And, his name is Henry James.


Yes, Henry.

Now, while most women probably won’t swoon over the name, I’m hoping that they will still find a soft spot in their hearts for my hero. Aside from Flynn in my novel In the Land of Gold, Max/Henry is fast becoming one of my favorites. I know choosing this name could be a mistake, however, I have to just go with my gut choice…which may, or may not, have been influenced by my new love affair with the ABC TV show FOREVER.

Actor Ioan Gruffudd plays Doctor Henry Morgan, a New York City star medical examiner that has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez, but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe knows Henry’s secret.

If you haven’t seen the show, they just ended season one. I don’t know for sure, but I think you can find the episodes online. If you are a lover of history, mixed with a cop-type mystery like Castle, you will love the show.

Of course, you might not want to watch it and get attached as I did, because, unfortunately, the idiots running ABC have cancelled it. But, of course, they kept brain-dead shows like Galavant and Fresh Off the Boat for one more season instead.

I hope another network picks it up, but I doubt that will happen, so I’m at least hoping that the season will be released on DVD for those who loved it. I’m completely heartbroken. I absolutely LOVED this show.

So, now you know where I got Henry. To me, not only does Henry fit with the 1930 time period of the novel, but Henry has just been bumped up on my sexy scale.

So my darling followers, what are some of the names that just scream sexy to you? Are any of them considered “out of the ordinary”?



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