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Although I saved the characters until now, they were one of the first things I worked on once I came up with the basic idea for the story; after all, a well-defined character can lead a story in ways it might not otherwise go. If Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird had been a lazy drunkard, none of the events in that story would have taken place the way they did.

Since my experience going to the drive-in as an adult usually involved my two kids, I gave my male lead two kids, too. Since it was a romance, their mother was out of the picture – well, not entirely, as you’ll see in the story, but I made Logan Chandler a widower.

Where did I get the name? I spend a lot of time on naming characters, and Logan was the result of a great deal of searching for something that seemed to fit just right. Chandler? My kids and I were big fans of the TV show Friends.

I took a chance with my romantic hero in this story: He’s not the typical Type A personality we’ve come to expect, certainly nothing like Storm Chaser’s take-charge action junkie Chance Hamlin. Logan is a laid back family man, a small businessman with a sense of humor and a mild personality – mild until his family or his community is threatened. Then he’s not mild at all.

Madison McKinley, on the other hand, is no damsel in distress: As an attorney at a high class Boston law firm, she’s Type A+, focused on career advancement. Family? What’s that? (But there are good reasons for Maddie’s lack of a personal life.)

Maddie’s named after a Founding Father and a US President. Her personal hero is another Massachusetts lawyer, John Adams, so there’s a certain connection there. I could go on about it thematically fitting with the small town’s fight against bigger, more powerful aggressors in a Revolutionary War type of way, but that wasn’t intentional. (There’s a more personal reason for Madison’s name, but it’s … personal.)

Just the same, Maddie likes to quote Adams, and she’s in all ways in control and comfortable with her life and career. Then she gets thrown into the world of handsome, laid-back men, small towns and little children, and she’s not comfortable. Not at all.

In true romance fashion, Logan and Maddie are, of course, instantly attracted to each other. But if it were that easy there wouldn’t be a story, so the two have to deal with the fact that Logan has taken on the mission of keeping the drive-in open … while Maddie’s job is on the line if she can’t get it shut down.

Next: The support staff.  And the vote, of course – don’t forget:

http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts/coming-attractions/

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agdhani
Oct. 9th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
I always love the process of character creation and naming, even when it's frustrating. I don't have a name yet for my antagonist, only a bit of an idea of what he's like still...but my MC pretty much named himself. They usually do (or at least, that's the way it seems to me, lol) His personality etc is still morphing as his world is developing, so I'll have to get back to you on who he 'really' is ;)
ozma914
Oct. 9th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Same here -- frustrating and fun. I usually name my characters pretty early on, but that doesn't mean I don't make changes along the way ... especially if it turns out the names are too similar to another character. I ran into that problem in my "Four Friends" fanfics, where unfortunately the names were already set before I brought the characters together.
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