I have always had this thing that people should look like their names. When someone is introduced to me I will think yes, you are a Jacqueline or a Malcolm. Other times I will think, oh no, you're definitely a Karen or a Wayne. And so it is with the characters I am creating.
The name has to fit. If it's not right then the character isn't right.
The name also needs to fit with the age and nationality although you can have exceptions.
So where do I get names from?When seeking inspiration for first names I turn to my little book of baby's names or I will look up a web site of baby's names. I also keep an ear out for any unusual or interesting names when meeting people and will jot these down.
Cemeteries also provide one with a wide choice of first names and I scan the credits on television programmes and films to find those names that might fit with the character I am creating.
As to surnames, I let my finger do the choosing and tend to pick these out of an atlas or street map. Then I see if it fits with the first name and the character. The more novels I write though the greater the danger of repeating names, it's easy to forget those I have already used.
Marvik now appears in three novels, SILENT RUNNING, DANGEROUS CARGO and LOST VOYAGE
"A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series—action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist (USA)
"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club
Fatal Catch is the twelfth in the DI Andy Horton crime series published by Severn House Publishers.
Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand. Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse? Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem.
All my crime novels are available from all good book retailers and for loan in UK, Commonwealth and USA libraries. They are published in hardback, paperback, as an ebook and some are available as unabridged audio books.