When I originally developed the concept for Temple Knight, I had a character in mind, someone called Margaret deShandria. She was a secondary character (NPC) that I had used in an RPG campaign some time ago, and her storyline grew to be quite crucial to the overall plot of the game. This presented a problem for me when I began work on outlining the book since I’d already used the name Margaret for a rather central character in the Heir to the Crown series, namely the older sister to Princess Anna.
Now, you might think that naming a character is easy, but let me tell you it’s not. I searched through all kinds of websites looking for a name that would give the right ‘feel’ to the character, including some fascinating random name generators, but nothing seemed to work. It was actually Carol that came up with the name Charlaine, and I immediately liked it, as it conjured forth the image of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great.
That’s not to say that Charlaine is destined to become queen, far from it, she is a Temple Knight, dedicated to the service of Saint Agnes. However, she is destined to become a great warrior and leader of others, and so the name stuck. It’s now hard to think of her any other way, such are the ways of writing!
Speaking of names, I also had to name all the sisters of her order, and there are quite a few, so THAT was also difficult!
Some even take on a life of their own, driving the storyline in unexpected directions. In my Heir to the Crown series, Albreda was initially intended to be a very secondary character, but I had so much fun writing her that I couldn’t let her disappear into the dustbin of history. Now, she even has her own origin story!
I mention this because, as I continue to work on Temple Knight, the characters are starting to come alive. I can’t just let them disappear once the story is done, so you can expect to see more of them in the future.