A Rose is a Rose?: Lori Green

Welcome Lori Green, author of contemporary romance SUGAR B’s BACK IN TOWN, available from Lyrical Press at 30% off during the Christmas Bash!

BREATHE: Do you feel your character names are influenced by the theme of your story? Why or why not?

LORI: In Sugar B’s Back in Town, the story existed because the name Sugar B. Johnson popped in my mind and wouldn’t leave. I played with a lot of ideas but then one day she was there: an adult movie actress returning home to a small Southern town and falling in love.

BREATHE: If you wrote in another genre, would it affect the names you picked for your characters? Why do you think this is?

LORI: I’m completely inspired either by a character name or a title. If I don’t have one of those two firmly entrenched in my mind then I can’t write.

In fact, I had a title come to mind: Captain Caboodle’s Oodles of Noodles and it completely said space opera to me. Now I need to make the rest of it as clear.

BREATHE: What is your favorite character name—either your own or somebody else’s? Why do you like this name?

LORI: My favorite character name was Lucy. She was in the first completed novel I wrote and she just delighted me. I’ve wanted to use the name again but every time I try… well, I can’t.

BREATHE: Do you feel a character’s name affects the way you write him or her?

LORI: I use a lot of friends’ and family’s names when I write. It allows me to assign certain characteristics to the character that frees me as a writer to use and evolve.

In Sugar, the mean girl’s name is Hamdi and that was taken from a beautiful woman I know with a beautiful soul and gentle demeanor. I told her I was going to make her the bad girl since she’s such a good girl in real life.

BREATHE: Are there any names you absolutely will not use for a character?

LORI: I won’t use my parents’ or siblings’ names. I don’t have a reason why, I just can’t.

“There’s a Chinese restaurant in Jones that ain’t bad. Maybe we could go there some Sunday?”

Like a date. The words hung in the air in front of me and I felt like I could examine them from any angle and they’d still be there, looking just the same. A date. A man and a woman who like each other going out as a couple and sharing a meal. Or maybe a man inviting a woman to a small apartment and making her a meal.

“I’ve never had a man make me dinner before.”

“They too busy buying you diamond rings?”

I knew he was teasing but there was something inside me that felt stuck. “Jerusalem, there’s some things–”

“You got a past, Sugar.” He laid a hand on top of mine and I saw softness in his expression that made me quiet, deep inside. “I don’t know everything about you but I know you got a mouth on you when you’re cussing out chickens and a crazy side that likes a bowl full of fish eyeballs. That’s all I care about.”

“I think I might be pretty broken.” It was the greatest truth I could share with him.

“I don’t know anyone that ain’t,” he answered, “and quite a few that just don’t care anyway.”

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5 responses to “A Rose is a Rose?: Lori Green

  1. Great answers. It’s amazing how names influence our work, isn’t it. Touching excerpt. It just reaches out and grabs you by the heart. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks so much for having me here.

  3. I always think it’s so interesting to learn about where names come from! Great interview and the book looks soo cool! Another for my tbr list 🙂

    Stephanie Beck

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