Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Gabriella Hewitt (Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi) today.
What’s in a Name?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare
Gabriella Hewitt is the pen name of creative writing talents Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi. Together they weave tales of romantic suspense and dangerously sensual paranormals.
A little fun fact we like to tell people when they ask us how we came up with our pseudonym is that Gabriella comes from Patrizia’s mother’s first name and Hewitt is Sasha’s mother’s maiden name. The combination seemed to fit perfectly with the writing duo.
If it only it were that easy to pick names for other things like book titles and character names.
So far we have been very lucky with book titles and have gotten to name the books ourselves. Out of the Shadows has a special meaning for us, after years of writing and submitting stories we were picked up by Samhain Publishing. We released Dark Waters, a romantic suspense novel several years ago and then life got in the way, we sort of disappeared for a while. Although we never stopped writing or believing we would sell again.
Out of the Shadows, is sort of like us coming out and stepping back into the limelight. We really are ever so grateful to Mary Hamilton, our editor for taking us on again. The poor woman must have been on the job a few days before we were emailing her and asking if she would be interested in a modern day paranormal romance based on ancient Aztec mythology. She was excited and told us to send it her way, a month later we had a contract with Samhain again.
We learned a lesson from our last foray into publishing and this time no matter what life has thrown at us, (ie. Carpools, work, dinner, dirty laundry, etc) we vowed to make time to write. In the past 6 months we banged out the second and third novellas and now are busy writing the 4th installment of the Shadow Warrior series.
Our tag line is Excitement. Suspense. Passion. When you pick up a Gabriella Hewitt story this is the experience we hope you will get. In other words, we’re building a persona around our pen name.
The same goes for the naming characters. Names will give a first impression and may imply something of the background. Since our characters are Latino, we choose names that reflect that heritage. In Dark Waters, the hero was named Rico, while in Out of the Shadows he is Tomás; our heroines were Francesca andCarolina. In Francesca’s case, she was a New Yorker, who’d been orphaned young and had to fight to survive in the foster system. Francesca sounds a bit elegant for a woman like that, so Francesca became Frankie. The name Frankie for a woman easily creates an image of feisty and independent, which is exactly how she is in her story.Carolina is another name that conveys a certain elegance. Now running a ranch on a lonely stretch of desert doesn’t sound particularly graceful—in fact Carolina has a tough life—but there is something in the way she carries out the duty handed down to her from past generations and the fierceness with which she protects the secret of her land that speaks to an inner grace.
It’s never easy picking a name, but if the writer chooses the right one, the story will often follow.
Is there a name of a character or person you met in real life that had a most memorable name? or maybe even a name that was so ridiculous, it couldn’t possibly be real?
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Click here to read an excerpt.
To learn more about the author and other releases check out her blog. All this month at www.GabriellaHewitt.com/blog/ we will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.