Scout Book: Question Five for Mary Head

The fifth question for Kindle Press Author Mary Head and her book No Safe Place.


Question Five

How do you select the names of your characters?

Character names are very important for me, to the degree that my friends tease me about it sometimes. I need for a character name to feel right, and I've been known to change names, though not very often, because I try not to name them until I'm really happy with the name. For me, it's like naming children. (Behind the Name is a well-accessed website in my browser history.) Certain names give off certain vibes, too, at least for me, so I want the name to match the character. Hannah in No Safe Place, for example, is a very sweet, kind girl, so I wanted to give her a name that gave off a vibe of kindness and innocence, and eventually settled on Hannah.


Hannah Cole, a young graduate student attending George Washington University, and her father David Cole, a senior FBI agent, enjoy a happy life together in Arlington, Virginia. Due to the nature of his job, and having been a single father for most of Hannah's life, David has always been fiercely protective of his daughter and has taken great strides to keep her safe. But when Hannah is kidnapped from their home one night, their world is turned upside down.

With the force of the FBI behind him, including his best friend Juliet Grayson, trusted partner Chris Tyler, and rookie agent Eli Shaw, David rushes to find his daughter, while Hannah struggles to stay alive, both of them racing against a deadline that could mean the end of Hannah's life.

https://www.lincolncole.net/blog/2017/3/28/scout-book-question-5