On time this time. 😀
It depends on what name I’m writing under. When I’m writing as D. Renee Bagby, the heroine’s name is important because that’s the first thing the reader will see as it is the title of my books. Rather than struggle with clever titles, I decided to simply name the books after the heroine. I know a few other authors do that with heroes.
I chose this route because I’d heard a while back that some readers were totally turned off from a book simply because of the hero/ine’s name. I figured, why not put the name out front so they know what it is without even touching the book.
As well, it helps me to instantly remember plots and storylines when people ask me about specific books. So it’s as much a cheat as anything else.
When writing as Zenobia Renquist, I try to have the name of the heroine in the title somehow. Again, that’s my little mnemonic cheat. It also means my title won’t be reminiscent of some other author’s book. It doesn’t always work out that I can put the heroine’s name in the title, but I do try.
For naming my characters (under either name), I usually try to go with name meanings. I have several baby naming websites saved for that purpose. I can look up names based on ethnicity and name meanings to fit a character’s personality. Or sometimes what I name that character creates their personality. It all depends.