Ilze asked Kristin Hannah:

Hi! How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Kristin Hannah Hi Ilze! What a great question. Names are surprisingly important to me, and I hear from my writer friends that I am not alone in this. It takes a long time to come up with exactly the right one. Once, I wrote about two hundred pages of a book and realized that I couldn't keep going because the name was wrong. I went back to the drawing board, changed the character's name and I was back on track. And yes, I go for sound and meaning and heritage.

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