Guest Blog: Megg Jensen – Character Names

I am so sorry this is late.  I apologize to Megg Jensen a hundred times.  My back has given me such a huge problem today.  Of course she’s the most understanding and awesome person on the planet but still I felt the need to apologize.

So here we are! The book tour for Severed!  The last book in The Cloud Prophet Trilogy!  Anybody else agree with me that they don’t want this to be over?  I almost envy all of you who will be visiting this series for the first time.  Now is the perfect opportunity to as Anathema is free on Amazon and Smashwords! Go grab a copy!

Megg is here to talk about character names and I think I’ve held this post up long enough!  Enjoy!


Everyone always asks if I base my characters off of people I know. The answer is an emphatic “NO!”

I know some really interesting people in real life, but I don’t want to write about them. There may be a characteristic or two that ends up in my books; it’s never an intentional characterization though. If I wanted to write about real people, I’d switch to nonfiction.

What do I enjoy doing is using the names of friends! That’s right – I steal names from my friends and family and use them in my books. Here are some of my favorites:

In the first chapter of Anathema, you see a quick scene where two slaves fight over an apron. Geannie & Terah, right? My sister’s name is Jeannie (I changed the spelling slighty) and Terah is the name of one of my friends.

Everyone knows Johna by now. There’s been some debate over how her name’s pronounced. It’s Jo nuh. Like the guy who was swallowed by the whale, except this is a girl’s name. I grew up with a girl named Johna. She’s fantastic and so is her name.

Nemison was the name of a friend’s character in World of Warcraft about ten years ago. (Yes, I’m an online gaming nerd.)

Roctor/Roc? One of my husband’s World of Warcraft characters. I think he was a little miffed I chose Nemison for a larger part. But, come on, Nemison is an appropriate name for a wizard and Roctor is a great name for a warrior.

Tania’s husband Jon was named after one of my best friends from college.

This is the best one – Ace is my miniature schnauzer. Yep, I named Ace after my dog. Their personalities are totally the same too.

Coming up with names is one of the harder parts of writing for me. Since I write fantasy, I can’t really use Britney, or Tiffany, or Zack. The names have to fit in the time period, as well as have a ring of familiarity. This is why I frequently host naming contests on my blog.


Megg Jensen has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and their miniature schnauzer, Ace.


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For those of you looking to dive into this series for the first time, here’s your chance to win the whole set in e-book format.  Anathema is free as was mentioned earlier so even if you don’t win, I suggest you pick it up! You can check out my review on it too!  To enter to win the whole Cloud Prophet Trilogy, all you have to do is comment.  A winner will be chosen by on Sunday December 4th!  Good luck!

Synopsis: Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies, and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. Sheltered from the outside world and without any hope for escape, can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

Synopsis: Reychel thought she was finally free. She was wrong.

Everyone saw her gift of prophecy as a blessing, but her gift is uncontrollable. No one alive can teach her to manipulate her unique gift and the answers she needs lie buried within a madman’s journals.

She’s thrust in the midst of a brewing war and the only uniting factor for her people is their belief in the Prophet. Will Reychel learn to control her gift or will she be forced to deliver a false prophecy that could lead her people into a violent war?

Synopsis: Reychel knows her gift of prophecy will lead to madness and now she is at her most vulnerable. The enemy army will attempt to sever her from everything she’s ever known. Even at her weakest, she refuses to give up on her desire to end the war between the Malborn and the Serenians. Reychel would do anything, even come back from the dead, to conquer the enemy and reunite with Mark.

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

9 thoughts on “Guest Blog: Megg Jensen – Character Names

  • December 3, 2011 at 12:35 am

    A chance to win the whole series? Oh yeah, I’m IN!

    Feel better soon, Misty!

  • December 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I have waited to long to start this series, but I am definitely excited about it. The bonus? A chance to win the entire series….super excited!

  • December 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    To win this whole series would be absolutely awesome! The book covers of this series are stunning! 🙂
    Thanks for this opportunity Mysty, your hard work is greatly appreciated.

  • December 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I have been waiting to read the first one till my hubby is off Lay-off so I can buy the whole series…. but to win it would be even better!!

  • December 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Me too!

  • December 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My books, mine mine mine

  • December 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I totally understand the difficulty in deciding on character names. I write fantasy myself and I think I’ve changed character names five or six times before I settled on ones I liked.

    Names can really define a character to me when I’m reading, so I always hope to find just the right fit for a character I’m creating.

    The series sounds great. I’m definitely interested in checking it out.

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