How does an author choose a name for a character?
It varies, I think.
It’s half random selection and half real life inspiration. Random name generator is a website that is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve spent hours and hours hit refresh to see what name combinations that it comes up with. It’s usually how I find the surnames for my characters. Steve and Gareth were both random names. Ivy was more dream inspired.
I have very strange dreams.
So how important are character names to you when you are reading…or writing?