In an earlier post, I wrote about some of my naming problems for a protagonist. When I ran my list of new names for that person past my various critique groups, I got a wide variety of answers. Elisa was a favorite with many, but my son shot that one down in something less than a heartbeat. Since he and I have similar reading tastes, I had to take him seriously. I also did a ‘find and replace’ on the names to put them into the manuscript and see how they felt. I used my reading aloud trick, too. None really worked for me. So I went back searching for German girls’ names on the web and found Calyn, which shares a lot with Katrin. In fact, the shape of the mouth when pronouncing the consonants R and L are quite similar.
Do I have a winner? Maybe.