Prompt: New name. Let's meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?
Oh I've thought about this a lot - especially as I get to make up names a lot. Choosing names for my characters is something I both love and hate. I love it as I have a limited number of children (happily) and there are names I would have liked to use for them which I couldn't/ wasn't allowed to which I have used in my books. (Grace, being one, which is my favourite ever girls name but hubby hates it. I also love Lily - but Lily Allan has so been done...). Anyway, as I choose each name and get to form a character I kind of fall in love with the names and the people they represent. Grace was a neurotic depressive with a heart of gold -a bit like me I think. I'd love to be a Grace - but given my absolute lack of that quality it would be perhaps a little odd.
The strange thing with choosing names for my characters is that, at times, I have chosen names I wouldn't have thought I really liked before then.
Maggie just kind of grew on me. As did Annie.
Me? I'd personally like to be something a little more exotic. My choice would come down to either Talullah Fluffinstuff - which I appreciate is a bit porn star but people would remember it, wouldn't they?
My second choice would be Lola - because it's lovely, and different and quirky and part of me not so secretly wishes we'd called our daugher Lola because she would so suit it. But it would be wrong to change a 21 month old's name by deed poll, wouldn't it?
So hello, pleased to meet you, I'm Lola Fluffinstuff.
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