Hello, kind readers of Confessions of a Mystery Novelist! My name is Indy, and I own Margot Kinberg, keeper of this blog. Right now, Margot’s busily working on her third novel, Dying to See You, and frankly, she could use some help. So I’ve decided to step in. Margot has created a character for this novel, but she can’t think of a good name. That’s where you come in. Since you’re crime fiction readers, I’m sure that you all have good ideas for character names for a mystery novel, so I thought I'd have a contest to let you help Margot choose a name. In a minute, I’ll describe the character for you, so you can think of the perfect name for him. Then, I’ll ask you to leave a comment with your choice of name. Margot and I will read your suggestions for names, and I will pick the name that best suits the character (Margot cannot be trusted with something this important!).
The winner will receive a signed copy of Margot’s first novel, Publish or Perish , and Margot will use the winner's suggestion for a name in Dying to See You. So if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at creating a character, here’s your chance!
Here are just a few things Margot wants you to know:
1. You’ll have until 31 October to leave your comment, so if you can’t think of a name right now, that’s fine.
2. I will announce the lucky winner in a future post, so be watching!
3. We know that there are mystery fans all over the world, so don’t worry if you don’t live in the U.S. If you are the lucky winner, Margot will mail your prize to you wherever you live.
4. As you think of the perfect name, please keep in mind that Margot isn’t going for parody or lampoon here (she actually has no sense of humor). Try to think of a name that really suits the character.
OK, here is the character’s description:
This character is a white male, approximately 45 years old. He’s of medium height and build, but sturdy. He’s got slightly thinning salt-and-pepper hair and is clean-shaven. A professor of criminology, he’s married, but has no children. When it turns out that his wife has been having an affair with a friend of his who turns up dead, he is a major suspect in the murder. He turns for help to his friend, Joel Williams, whom he met in graduate school.
Good luck, and thanks for your help! I look forward to hearing your ideas!