Saturday, July 5, 2008
I'm obsessed with nicknames!
I'm a big nickname person. I always have been. Ever since high school I've had my own nicknames for all of my closest friends. I've realized as a writer and as a reader my little obsession with nicknames is more alive than ever. My hero's automatically come up with nicknames for the heroines in my books. Nine times out of ten I don't sit around and think of names for the hero to call the heroine but he thinks of one all on his own. It almost just writes itself into the story. In Getting Lucky with Luciano, Luciano calls Kaylee, Bella which means beautiful in Italian. In book two in the series, Unexpected Mr. Right coming next January, Nico calls Tabby slugger. I know you're probably wondering why in the heck he calls her that but you have to read the books to know *grin*. There really is a funny story behind the name which does drive Tabby crazy, let me tell you, LOL. Brianna, who will get the third book in the series already has a nickname as well. You meet her hero in Unexpected Mr. Right and by the end of the story he's calling her McGruff. Yes, as in McGruff the crime dog. Again, I'd be giving something away by telling you why so I'm sworn to secrecy. Of course, in the bedroom, both Tabby and Brianna are called by much sexier names than slugger and McGruff but outside of the bedroom both Nico and Jackson like to give these ladies a hard time with names that drive them crazy.
One of my favorite authors, Toni Blake puts a lot of really cute nicknames in her books too. In her latest release, Letters to a Secret Lover, the hero, Rob, calls the heroine, Lindsey, Abby (wow that's confusing to write). She's an advice columnist hence the nickname Abby. In her book, Tempt Me Tonight the hero calls the heroine Cupcake because of something from their childhood. Anyway, I think you get the point-I'm a nickname person. Most of my nicknames, like those of my characters are fun or stem from a funny memory. Nicknames are so personal and so darn sexy between lovers. I can't help but add them in my books. I'm curious though, do you as reader like it when the hero or heroine have a cute, fun, or sexy nickname for the each other? Do you writers out there like to give your characters nicknames? What about in real life, do you have fun nicknames for friends or loved ones or does anyone have any a fun nickname for you?