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Do any of you writers out there use any special conventions for naming a character, place or object.
I seem to be developing it as a habit. In my last novel I named a hotel after a small hillside where I used to live. And in The Brittle Sea I’ve named my main character after a famous rock star and his ship is named The Lady Jane.
The ship’s name is for Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for 9 days before having her head chopped off. She was born in Bradgate House, Leicestershire, which happens to be near where I was born in Leicester. Bradgate House is one of England’s lost country houses and is now a ruin. It was once a magnificent Tudor mansion.
Not far from Bradgate is Kirby Muxloe, which has an even more impressive fortified Manor House, know locally as Kirby Muxloe Castle.
Leicestershire has a rich history dating back to Roman times and so I have a lot of names I can use on my novels. Names that will probably never be used up before I slip of this mortal coil.
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