How do you go about naming the characters in your books? Do you use names of friends or family or do you try to avoid names of more familiar people? Do celebrity names influence your choices?
I personally find it very difficult to write a story with a person in mind as inspiration and try using a different name. Even if I change the name, people that I know who read the book could figure out where the name comes from. Do you think that is unavoidable? or is it just me?
A book cover is important to me when choosing a book, but character names are too. If they are too long or too difficult to pronouce, albeit in my head, I tend to skip over the book.
Maybe I'm just weird but I have pondered this concept for a while. I'd love to hear your thoughts