Inventing character names can be fun, but it can also be a challenge. For Duin, I wanted something that sounded aqueous. His name is based on the sound of a water drop — you know, that “doo-win” noise Cameron makes in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” by flicking his cheek with his finger. It’s also symbolic. There are several references in the book to Duin being a water drop that creates ripples across the surface of a pool — the way his actions create repercussions for himself, his loved ones, and his world.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I came up with Belloc’s name. It has several connotations that were not (consciously) on my mind when I chose it. Bel is a deity in various mythologies including Celtic, and is an ancient title meaning “lord” or “master.” The word “bell” also reflects his voice being clear and beautiful as one. And “loch” is Irish for lake.
Belloq is also Indiana Jones’ nemesis — and Sallah is Indy’s friend. Duin’s mother is named Sala. But that was not intentional, I swear. I didn’t even realize until I recently re-watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. lolz
There are tons of secondary and supporting characters whose names I have to invent for the story. Everyone from Colonel Villanueva (whose name means “new city,” btw, sort of playing off of Asteria being a new colony), to the neighbors in Genny’s block, to the orphans who populate Mose’s school. (Mose, by the way, is in homage to Harriet “Moses” Tubman, one of my personal heroes.)
Some names are borrowed from my life. “Jack Callahan,” a pseudonym adopted by Belloc when he sneaks into the Military Zone, is actually the name of a friend. “Tara Hamilton,” the U.S. president in the upcoming sequel, Stellarnet Prince, is named after my oldest daughter.
But sometimes I just need a name. Right now, I need to name the U.S. permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the year 2062. It is a brief but important scene, between Duin and the people who hold Glin’s future as a UN member in their hands.
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NOTE 4-16-2012 CONTEST IS ENDED.
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- J.L. Hilton