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Naming a Character for a Friend

My son-in-law Chris hinted that he’d love his name to be used for a character in one of my books. At first thought, it might be fun to do and a surprise for him. But now that I’m in the middle of my eighth novel, a suspense, the idea becomes a more serious matter. Naming a character for someone you know is not as easy as it sounds. The actual villain in my novel is a real character in history. I couldn’t rename my villain Chris. The protagonist is a woman and while she could be named Chris, it wouldn’t be what my son-in-law had in mind. Besides that, I have plans for my characters that Chris might not like. Would he enjoy being portrayed as a brawling drunk or a victimized weakling? I think

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