It is really obvious you take a lot of thought and time into the names of your characters. I was wondering if you got any inspiration for Loren and Ryke? Also how do you pronounce them? In my head I say Lauren like the girls name and Ryke like rye-c
Aw thank you! The inspiration behind Ryke’s name, we talked about a bit back in 2014 ;) Here’s what we said:
We made up the name for another book (as a random side character with a non-speaking role…the character was just briefly mentioned). And when were thinking of names for Lo’s half-brother, we wanted something that was a harder. And we wanted to pair it with something more feminine (Meadows). We remembered Ryke, it fit well, and the origins of the name (why Jonathan would pick it, which is in Addicted for Now) just fell into place too.
We’d never heard “Ryke” used as a name before we picked it, but we’re so glad you like it!!
For Loren’s name, he was actually named “Jake Stayzor” in the very first draft of Addicted to You :) We didn’t like how harsh his name sounded – it just didn’t feel right for his character. And so in the next draft, we knew we had to change his name. We wanted something that was a little bit “softer” and also a name that maybe Lo wasn’t completely fond of – so we were tossing out names, and we landed on “Loren” and it just fit :)
Pronunciation for Ryke:
We pronounce Ryke like “bike” (i.e. a bicycle) – with a hard “k” sound :)