I can find faces. I spent a lovely couple of hours yesterday finding faces and "auditioning" them on the toile-covered board in my office.
... but names. ARRRGHHH.
The fact that I've already used so many names in past books complicates things immensely.
So many of the women's names I like have already been "taken."
So here's "her" photo. The clothing is wrong, by the way. It's only 1861 in the book and this is probably more 1890s (the leg o'mutton sleeves on the coat are a dead give-away), but that face---perfect.
This is my leading lady.
Do you see Jenny, Lydia, Madaline (I suppose she would be called Maddie?), Rosalie,or some other name I haven't considered?
By the way, I collect names from historical documents and tombstones, just to make sure it's a name that was in use.
In this case it would have to have been in use in 1843 when my leading lady was born.
It isn't a contest, but I'd appreciate your input. And if I choose the name you suggested, I promise to thank you when I write the acknowledgements ... and I'll send you a free book when it's available next spring (this book doesn't release until spring of 2014). Well, there you go ... maybe it is a contest, after all.