I have to admit there was a gentle, but persistent, niggle in the back of my mind about the name of one of my three main characters. And I found out why last night.
Just before I went up to bed, I glanced, as I often do, at some of my books in the sittingroom. One caught me eye – by excellent crime writer and fellow journalist Gene Kerrigan http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/authors/gene-kerrigan.
I opened it up and low and behold there was the same surname as one of my characters. Not only that, but it was his main character in the book. How could have I not remembered?
I suppose it throws up how we come up with names, often thinking we have come up with them. Are they from some other book we have read in the past, thrown into the swirling soup of our unconsciousness only to bob to the surface when we go searching for names?
Anyway, there is nothing for it, I suppose. I’ll have to change the name. Which is a bit of a shame as the name is now part and parcel of the character in my mind. And I like the name. Any words of advice out there?