Today, I am happy to be participating in a blog tour for Serena Chase’s Eyes of E’veria. Serena will be telling us how she came up with her names for her delightful series. It’s really fun to read the “behind the name” story of an author’s fantasy world. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for an interview of her.
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Names of E’veria series – The Remedy
Across genres, there are often interesting stories about how authors choose names for the characters in their books, but in speculative fiction (fantasy, sci fi, dystopian, steam punk, etc.) those behind-the-scenes naming stories extend to places, objects, processes, abilities, and terminology—sometimes entire languages are even created! In this series of posts, which will be spread over time, as well as several blogs, my Facebook page, my newsletter—and eventually videos in which I will share pronunciations, as well—I will attempt to unveil the stories behind the names populating the epic fantasy novels The Ryn, The Remedy, The Seahorse Legacy, and The Sunken Realm, a few at a time.
For this post, I am focusing on names from Eyes of E’veria, book 2: The Remedy. Shall we dive in?
Vayle: This is possibly the most literal name a character has in any of my books. Vayle literally serves as a veil, an imposter, used to hide the identity and whereabouts of Princess Rynnaia.
Taef: I heard the word “thief” pronounced with a lispy accent in a movie, and it sounded like “taef”—since this character nearly steals Kinley’s horse in The Remedy, I thought it fit.
Bryge: I had a whole storyline planned (and started) for this character and his family, but I don’t know if anything from it will ever see the light of day. His name was symbolic to that storyline, and also for the role he plays in his home province’s reconciliation with E’veria—a “bridge” of peace, as it were.
Regent: I needed a word that represented the fact that each of E’veria’s nine provinces is its own little “kingdom of sorts” within the larger Kingdom of E’veria. Governor wasn’t strong enough. Prince just seemed… wrong. Regent worked for me for that position within the structure of royalty and nobility I created for that world.
Eyes of E’veria: I have to credit my longtime mentor and friend, author Sandra Byrd, for helping come up with this series title almost a decade ago, because it was her suggestion—and it’s perfect, because eyes (and eye color) play a huge role in the series as a whole.
What names and words of E’veria are you curious about? Tell me in the comments, and make sure to watch my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter for news of when and where the next “Names of E’veria” post will appear!
SERENA CHASE lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a big white dog named Albus (yes, he was named after that Albus.) A frequent contributor to USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog, Serena is an avid reader of young adult fiction and inspirational romance and has become a respected influencer within those communities. When not engaged in her varied roles within the publishing industry, Serena can be found watching action movies and dreaming about someday living in a cottage by the sea. Connect with Serena Chase on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter (@Serena_Chase) and visit www.serenachase.com to subscribe to her newsletter and gain access to exclusive, subscriber-only content.