What’s In A Name?

Today, we’re turning things over to awesome author, Chrys Fey, who’s here to tell us about her latest release and give us some insider information about one of its main characters…

The question…

Why was Detective Thorn’s first name a secret in the Disaster Crimes series until Book 6, A Fighting Chance?

The answer…

Well, because I didn’t give him a first name. HAHA! Simple as that, really. He was Detective Thorn, and many officers or people with titles (such as doctors or individuals in the military) are often called by their surnames at work. Beth and Donovan met Thorn at the police station when he was working on the case against the murderers of Donovan’s brother, an Internal Affairs investigator. So, they called him Thorn, which is actually his surname but is how he’s known by everyone. There was never any need for me to give him a first name. Not until, that is, when Amanda wants to get to know him more and becomes curious about his first name. 

You and me both, honey.

In one scene, Amanda asks Beth what Thorn’s name is, but Beth doesn’t tell her, saying if Amanda wants to know, she needs to ask Thorn herself. It’s Beth’s way of encouraging the two of them closer. Beth knows his name. Donovan knows his name. But they aren’t telling Amanda. Or me.

I ended up posting a poll in my Facebook Group, Fey’s Sparklers, and asking them which name they liked more. A few of the names I had in the poll were: Nathanial, Timothy, Joshua, and Tyler. The name that got the most votes (not listed here) became Thorn’s first name.

Now you’re wondering, what is Thorn’s first name?

You’ll have to read A Fighting Chance to find out!

*A FIGHTING CHANCE is Book 6 in the Disaster Crimes series, but it’s a spin-off featuring a new couple, so it can be read as a standalone.*

Thorn has loved Amanda from afar, giving her whatever she needs as a survivor of abuse—space, protection, and stability. He yearns to give her more, though, to share his feelings, kiss her, love her, but he’s worried the truth will frighten her away.

And Amanda is afraid. She’s scared of her attraction for Thorn. Most of all, she’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, who is lurking nearby where no one can find him. When she grows closer to Thorn, Damon retaliates, jeopardizing their happy ending.

Up against an abusive ex and Mother Nature, do Thorn and Amanda have a fighting chance?

Now available at

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TheFightingChance.org is a website dedicated to domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Inspired by the Disaster Crimes series.


Prizes: Hurricane Crimes (Disaster Crimes 1) and Seismic Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2) eBooks (mobi or epub), Hurricane Crimes Playing Cards, Girl Boss Sign, and a Volcanic Blast Scented Candle


About The Author

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press.

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12 Commentsto What’s In A Name?

  1. Chrys Fey says:

    Thank you so much for having me on your blog, MJ! I am happy to be here to talk about characters and names and how tricky they can be. 😉

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      What? Just because half my characters don’t have names? 😉

      You’re welcome to take over the blog any time.

  2. Kate says:

    I love that even you didn’t know his name! My characters always come to me with their names already attached and even if I hate the names, they’re always hard to change.

    • Chrys Fey says:

      You are fortunate. lol I’ve had bad guy characters come to me without names, so I had to leave ______ everywhere their names were supposed to be until I had one. I ended up asking the members of my Facebook group for suggestions. 🙂

  3. Jemi Fraser says:

    So fun! I haven’t cracked open my e-copy yet but now I’m running to go check the name!

  4. That’s cool you let your fans vote on the name. Makes the feel part of the process.

  5. Liz A. says:

    You know, there are books where the main character doesn’t even have a name. It’s funny how sometimes we don’t even notice such things. And it sucks when your characters won’t tell you important information about your stories.

    • Chrys Fey says:

      I haven’t come across a book where the main character is nameless, but I suppose it can be done and work. First person may be able to pull that off well. 🙂

  6. How many books was he just Thorn?

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