Friends Friday -Heather Thurmeier!

Welcome Heather to my blog today, she’s talking about names!


I wanted to start by thanking Victoria for having me on her blog today. It’s a pleasure to be here to celebrate my debut release!

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to talk about today. Then it hit me. Something universal that all writers have to do at some point in the process if they’re going to write a book…


You got it. Names!! Sweet heavenly names. Do I sound overly excited about naming characters? Good! ‘Cause I am! This is a kid in a candy shop moment for me. A shopaholic with a zero balance on her credit card. A… I could go on, but I think you get the point.

Those who know me well know that I’m a little bit crazy about names. When I had my children, I loved making lists of names, thinking of names, discussing names. I can’t tell you how many hours I logged looking for the perfect names for my kids. I had a list of first names AND a list of corresponding possible middle names. We knew we were having girls, but both times I tried to convince my husband that we needed to go to the hospital with a list of boy names just in case the ultrasound had been wrong. That idea was met with a resounding “no!”

Pout. Seemed so logical to me.

So let’s just say I love starting a new story because it means I get to name a few new babies. And guess what? This time, there’s no one around to veto my decision! Woot! These babies belong to me! Mwahahaha! I can name them whatever I want. SQUEEE. The power!

I know everyone has a host of ways they come up with the names for their new characters, but I thought I’d share my favorite. This is the site I go to every time I’m in need of a new name. Or a few.

OMG, it’s so awesome and here’s why. You can enter in a name and then tell it to find other names that go with that name. So when I was writing LOVE AND LATTES, I knew I loved the name Chase for my hero, but I wasn’t sure what name went well with that for my heroine. So I went to my trusty name site and entered in Chase, then told it to find girls names that matched. As you find names you like, you can add them to your list and your search automatically gets refined to match the style of names you’re choosing. Then when you find one that appeals to you like Julia for example, then you can click on the name and all the stats come up about it. Where it originated, it’s popularity, even similar names. It’s. Awesome.

So there you have it. That’s seriously how I come up with about 90% of the names I use for my characters. Now when you read about Chase and Julia in LOVE AND LATTES you’ll know where their names came from! And I hope the next time you’re stuck trying to name one of your characters, you think of that fantastic naming site and give it a try. Hopefully it will help you too!

So tell me, where do you come up with names for your characters?


Blurb for LOVE AND LATTESby Heather Thurmeier

Chase Bloom wants the one thing his wealth can’t buy–a woman who loves him for who he really is and not just his money. Not only is Julia Walker beautiful, funny, and so incredibly sexy, she’s also the first girl who doesn’t seem to know who Chase is. Finally, after two years of playing the field Chase gets a chance to date a girl who’s interested in him, not his status. As Julia waits at the bar in one of the local clubs, she wonders how much more cleavage she’ll have to show to be granted a drink by a bartender with blinders on. Just when she thinks she’s bound to die of thirst, the man of her dreams steps up to the bar and into her heart with a frosty Cosmo. Their casual encounter at the bar quickly escalates into an intimate encounter in the bedroom.

When Julia runs into Chase on her first day of work she’s excited to finally see him again—until she learns he’s her new boss. Now Julia must stop fantasizing about him even though her mind is constantly remembering his hands on her body, his lips on her eager flesh. But her fantasies fizzle when both Julia’s first customer and her new manager threaten her to stay away from the boss. Chase is a player and Julia is his new toy. Should Julia heed the threats about Chase or is a chance to fall in love worth the risk?

LOVE AND LATTES is available now!

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