Thursday, April 5, 2012
Emma Earl: What's In a Name?
Despite the almost arbitrary nature of the name, now it’s like I’ve taken possession of it. So if I’m on the street and some mom says, “Come here Emma” I’ll look over and think, “Hey, that’s not her!”
The other thing is that once I do that with a character, I sort of retire that name. So you’ll never see another Emma in any future stories of mine, unless I’m being ironic. Just like you don’t see any other characters named Lisa or Samantha or Floyd after a certain point for the same reason. Obviously we’re not going to have another character named Frost either. (There was another name I came up with arbitrarily because since I had used “E”s previously I decided to use “F” names that time and it just popped into my head. Then I came up with the story in the book about it being the last name of the nurse who helps his mom deliver him and since it’s a boy and Matilda isn’t a good name for a boy, she names him Frost instead.)
Speaking of F, F is for Financial District: Center of it All!