"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other word would smell as sweet."
Well, Will Shakespeare certainly had a valid point when he wrote Romeo and Juliet, but I’ve discovered that my writing has a few instances where names caused me a few problems.
Take my first novel, In Sunshine or in Shadow. The hero, Rory O’Brien, comes to the village of Ballycashel under an assumed name, David Burke. His true identity is eventually unveiled, of course, but before that happens, I had to be very careful what I wrote.
Rory had to be “David Burke” to the people of the village. But when I was in his POV (Point of View, for any non-writers), I had to have him think of himself as Rory. And when I was in another character’s POV, a character who didn’t know he was really Rory O’Brien, I had to have them refer to him as “Mr. Burke,” while he thought of himself as Rory.
There were times when it got really confusing.
So what happens? I create another character in another work in progress. This time it's Lucas Howard. Or is it Lucas Davenport? Or perhaps he's Luke Davenport.
Lucas Davenport is the younger son of a Philadelphia businessman. Estranged from his family, he left Philadelphia to become an actor and took the stage name of Lucas Howard. His father and sister call him Luke, his mother calls him Lucas.
In Coming Home, my upcoming release from Highland Press, none of the characters have nicknames, or aliases. My heroine is just plain Ashleen O'Brien, my hero Cavan Callaghan. They may have a few secrets from one another, but thankfully, those secrets have nothing to do with their names!