Many thanks to the writers at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales for hosting me. It’s very nice to have this opportunity to visit with all of you. I’m opening up the discussion with Is Your Name Telling Tales about You?
I’m often asked how about the selection process for names of my characters. I confess, mostly I don’t choose. My main characters, particularly my heroines, introduce themselves to me and tell me their names. However, I work out names for my secondary characters, as though names are a fashion show. A character walks a mental runway with a particular name and twirls at the end of the runway while I check for fit. Sometimes it works, other times there’s a name-wardrobe change.
So how important are names? What about in real life? Is a name a predictor of life and love success?
Maybe. Maybe not. However, people are devoting time and money researching this topic. Researchers are using names as a yardstick to define all sorts of things about us.
The Oxford Press has an online magazine, FOCUS Science and Technology and an article by JV Chamary gives insight about the name game. Here’s the link to the article. http://sciencefocus.com/feature/psychology/names
Chamary purports that a name can affect standings at work, success with the opposite sex, and even where you choose to live. The Name Game: how names spell success in life and love reveals information about alphabet discrimination and names as intelligence barometers, quotes research about software used to determine life success based on whether or not a name “sounds” masculine or feminine.
Taking the name game a step further, in an article by Reid Wilson in the Washington Post, Reid shares a tool used for exploration by political parties to uncover what names reveal about voting habits.
I decided to put my character’s names to the test. My newest release by The Wild Rose Press, BAYOU BOUND, features Biloxi Dutrey and Nicholas Trahan.
Biloxi is not an everyday sort of name. The result from the Clarity Campaign Labs (the test is contained within Mr. Reid’s article) shows Biloxi isn’t even in their database. Nicholas, on the other hand, reveals there are 471,341 registered voters in the United States by that name. 49% are Republican and 50% are Democrat. It goes on to show that 45% have a gun in their house, 48% attend religious services weekly, and 55% have a college degree.
If you click on the link and input your name, you will learn your results.
I decided to take the a little different approach to the name game. What does Biloxi’s full name say about her in name numerology? I input Biloxi Noël Dutrey into the Scientific Psychic site: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/numerology.html
Here are the results: Numerology – What your name means.
Your name: Biloxi Noël Dutrey is associated with the gematria number 7.
Your birth date: 12241978 corresponds to Life Path number 7.
Your sign of the Zodiac is Capricorn. You were born in the year of the Horse.
Number Seven People
Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You are very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Your number suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician. A person with this number is said to be popular, cheerful and quick-witted. On the other-hand, someone with the number 7 can be stubborn and impulsive. Number Seven People are supposed to be kind to strangers. But not good working with relatives. Number Seven People are strong and friendly.
Here’s another site you might consider using for your name: Easy Calculation (dot) com
Does Biloxi’s character match up with the name numerology? Here’s the blurb from the book, tell me what you think:
Biloxi Dutrey grounds her jet-setting photography career and returns to Mississippi when she learns her family home, Fleur De Lis, is headed for financial ruin. She plans to save it by scooping up the job of Keeper. But that means breaking tradition, and her family isn’t cooperating.
Veterinarian Nick Trahan is new in town and wants folks to stop matchmaking. He won’t settle for just a pretty face. He wants the perfect woman, one who believes in family and commitment—the exact opposite of his parents.
Nick rescues Biloxi during a raging storm, but the squall is tame compared to the tempest between them. Soon they experience the backlash from the long-standing feud between their families. If Biloxi surrenders her dreams for Fleur de Lis and toes the line with tradition, will she also be forced to give up on “forever love” due to the hate their families still harbor?
Bayou Bound won 1st Place in Romance from Southeastern Writers Association. I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Biloxi and Nick.
It’s on sale now at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00I28U6OC
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Happy Reading! Linda Joyce