One interesting aspect of my novels that has become more like a trademark is that the names of my characters are often picked from my family tree.
Ford Gosden - Hunky Hero from Doctors Beyond Borders
His surname is my paternal grandmother's maiden name.
Yiannis and Maria - Greek restauranteurs from Doctors Beyond Borders
Yiannis is Greek for John. My father was called John. He wasn't Greek but loved everything Greek including my mother, whose name is Maria.
Lacey Maples - My young heroine from Cuffs
My great great grandfather on my fathers side was called James Lacey Maples. He was a surveyor/architect and either him or his son, Thomas, my great grandfather designed the Nottingham Town Hall, or so I'm told!
Alex Petrov - My sexy, cool hero from Cuffs
This is where I take a wee detour! Alex is my husbands name and I love it because it sounds strong and suits my characer down to a tee. Also, his family tree indicates they come from Russian stock, hence the surname Petrov.
Elizabeth Jones - My sassy heroine from Bass
My great great great grandmother was called Elizabeth Jones. I just liked the name!
I'll post some more fun facts about my books and where I get my ideas from in another edition of A Writer's Ramblings so watch this space!