Name that Army Jacket…

I have a hard time with names. Ask the nurses at the birth of my second child, who remained Baby Girl Grant for a good six hours or so after making her appearance, and I’d already had a good eight months to think about it. I just can’t decide. This little hangup can make it difficult when you’re a writer whose characters require names. Main characters aren’t nearly so hard, but secondary characters throw me into a tizzy.

Between kids, chickens, marketing, and writing, I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. Therefore I’m leaving this one up to you. In the third Kitty Irish book, tentatively called Flying in the Dark, I have an Army jacket that needs a name.

I know. Right now, you’re saying, “Whaa?”

It’s actually an Army field jacket that my villain wears–one of the OD green ones–and the name is embroidered on that little strip above the pocket. Yes, I hear you. You’re saying, “Duh! What’s the villain’s name?” That’s the point, see? It’s not his jacket. It belonged to somebody the villain had dealings with. Since this is a werewolf book, ‘dealings with’ is essentially a euphemism for…well, let’s just say the original owner doesn’t need the coat anymore.

So how about it? What do I name the jacket? Leave a suggestion in the comment section and I’ll use one of them in the third book. How sweet is that? It won’t take me nearly as long as naming my daughter.

17 thoughts on “Name that Army Jacket…

  1. Kris says:

    Let’s up the ante here—does the winner get a free copy of the book? I’ll have to think about it a few days, though—the hospital almost wouldn’t let us take our 4th child home because we couldn’t decide on a name!

  2. Joselyn says:

    I’m with Kris. What’s the winner get?

    My husband’s uncle actually changed the name of their son two weeks after they got home because they didn’t like what they had chosen. I think it was a big deal with the court to do.

  3. Gwen says:

    Interesting question. Here’s few ideas….Blackburn; Portnoy: Frazier; Squalls. These are a few from my “interesting names” list I’ve collected over the years at the ME office. Hee hee!

  4. Tess Grant says:

    You guys are making this really hard! These are all great names. I’m going to leave this contest running for a bit, but I will throw in a copy of Flying in the Dark to the person whose name I choose!

  5. Tess Grant says:

    Okay, I’ve chosen a winner. If it’s not you, fear not. There are more chances to win coming down the pipeline. 🙂

    My Army jacket is named Thompson. Congrats, Joselyn!

    I loved all the choices you gave me. It was hard choosing, but using Thompson opened up a deliciously evil subplot in Flying in the Dark. Think about who Thompson is in the first book and it may come to you. No spoilers allowed though!

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