My mother wasn’t the only one who was put off fantasy by the names of the characters. My wife felt that way, too–and a pretty odd way to feel, I thought, for someone who likes Russian novels.
Where do my Bell Mountain characters’ names come from?
Admit it–if you were reading a novel set in Japan, you’d expect the characters to have Japanese names. You wouldn’t expect them to be called Frank McGlothlin, Suzanne Jones, Reggie Smythe, etc., etc.
I need those funny names when I’m writing about the world of Bell Mountain. But I have tried to keep from going overboard with it.