He smiles and squeezes my hand. “I was here the day you were born, you know. I was the first one to hold you. I was the one who chose your name.”
“You were?” He’s never mentioned it before.
“Yes, Pia, because it means reverent, and that’s exactly what I felt when I saw you.”
His eyes, locked on mine, are warm and earnest, and I find myself smiling. (Origin, page 30)
Thoughts from Jessica:
My character naming process might be a bit unconventional. I rarely begin a book knowing any of the character’s names. Often, I don’t even think about names until I’m in midsentence and it’s time to actually write down a name. This way, I feel as though I’m truly meeting that character for the first time, and am able to create a more organic personality. It’s almost like “discovering” characters, rather than formulating them. I feel like once I name a character, their personality is fixed, as if they’re somehow bound to act a certain way as long as their name stays the same. Sometimes, when I have difficulty developing a character, I change their name and find it much easier to change everything else about them. It enables me to see that character in a new way and get past whatever mental blocks were stopping me from finding their true motives or fears or purpose. Most of the characters in Origin were named on the spot, in midsentence, in the heat of writing the first draft. Because of this, they seemed to take on lives and attitudes of their own.
Not all of my naming practices are rooted in spontaneity, however; I knew going into the book that I wanted the doctors to have a mix of heritages, and of course the Ai’oans would need Ai’oan names. For the tribe, I researched the Tupi-Guarani language family, which the Ai’oans speak and which is the actual tongue native to the Amazonian tribes, and invented names that I felt fit the sounds and conventions of the geographical area. Pia’s name was one of the first things I knew going into the story. When I first conceived the idea for Origin—which began as just the image of a girl trapped in glass walls surrounded by jungle—the name Pia popped into my head and I loved it and never thought twice about it from then on.
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