I started working on Her Own Vietnam more than a decade ago. The main character – the nurse who served in Vietnam – is named Della Brown. I named her sister, another major character, Rosalie Brown.
In a plot twist I could not have invented, my publisher is also named Rosalie. And she doesn’t think a major character should be named after her.
Darn it, she’s right.
Here’s where you come in
Can you help me come up with a new first name for my character? Her last name, of course, will remain Brown.
I will give you some parameters, and you can post your suggestions here. I am on a deadline, so all suggestions need to be posted by midnight (Eastern USA time) on Wednesday, April 23.
If I choose a name you suggested, I’ll thank you on the book’s acknowledgement page.
What you need to know about the character formerly known as Rosalie Brown
- She was born in 1953 to a middle class white family in upstate New York.
- Her other family members are older sister Della Brown; mother Ruth Brown; father Thomas (Tommy) Brown; partner Anne Isaacs.
- The name needs to be three syllables long. (Why? Because otherwise the rhythm will be messed up in every sentence that currently includes Rosalie.)
Let me know if you have any other questions.
For a novelist, naming a fictional character is personal, like naming a child. It’s possible I will come up with my own new name for her – and it’s certain that my decision will be based on subjective criteria (the name is pretty, it reminds me of my second cousin, it just feels right, etc.).
I will miss Rosalie Brown terribly. But I’m looking forward to seeing the names you suggest before midnight on Wednesday the 23rd of April.