3. How do you come up with names for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?
Oh I did a whole presentation on this for my grad program. Names comes from everywhere. The book being shopped is sort of like an ode to soundtrack composers. At the time I needed some name and then *ding!* decided to look through my playlist and use composer names. I’ve also pulled made up names from thin air and often take a normal word and screw it up.
BehindtheName.com is also a super awesome site that I visit from time to time when I find myself stuck.