Margaret Mayo, Romance Author

What’s in a name

Poor Molly and Zarek have been stuck in a time warp between getting married and their first night as man and wife. They’ve been married three days (in my time) and haven’t yet reached the bedroom door. Yesterday we repapered the walls where the old fireplace and shelving was taken out, today my daughter and baby grandson are visiting, and tomorrow we’re having a new carpet fitted. I’m trying to sneak in an hour’s writing now. But it isn’t much time for Zarek to persuade Molly that she should share his bed. She thought she was doing him a favour by marrying him and wasn’t prepared for this part of the deal.

I’m still having problems as well with Molly’s name. Sometimes if a name doesn’t suit a character the right one will jump out at me while I’m writing. It hasn’t this time which would suggest it’s the right name, yet I still have the feeling it’s too old fashioned. Maybe because I went to school with a girl named Molly and that was more years ago than I care to remember.

Does anyone have any thoughts whether Molly would suit a modern miss?

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4 Responses to “What’s in a name”

  • Anonymous says:

    Margaret, I think Molly is a lovely name. I have a friend who has a teenage daughter called Molly. The older names seem to be making a comeback. I have another friend who have daughters called Maisie, Dorothy, and Nora. So yes I think Molly works on a modern miss.


  • Margaret Mayo says:

    Thanks, Chris. I didn’t even realise Molly was making a come back. I might stick with it after all

  • Michelle Styles says:

    Margaret —

    I agree that Molly is making a comeback. The daughter in Ashes to Ashes was named Molly.called Mol.
    I do not think it is old fashioned at all.
    The bigger problem is that it is not working for you.Or just feels slightly off.

  • Margaret Mayo says:

    Thanks for your input, Michelle. I just have a feeling that Molly’s character needs tweaking a little bit, and with a different name I might achieve that. I’ll wait until I’ve finished the first draft and then see how it reads.

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