a novel by JOHN GRABOWSKI

Her name is Welsey…

Letters

It was way back in the 80s, but I still remember my mother announcing that Kristie Alley had replaced Shelley Long on Cheers. The only problem is her name wasn’t and isn’t Kristie Alley. Of course it’s Kirstie Alley.

Gwyneth Paltrow has an unusual name. Yet so many people seem to think it’s okay to refer to her as Gwen.  It’s not. Gwen is not the diminutive for Gwyneth. She’s Gwyneth, not Gwenyth.

Why am I talking about this? Because so many people seem to think my heroine is called Wesley Shaw.

Wesley.

It’s not proved to be a popular name. So many people have told me I should change it. Or they look at the title and say “Wesley Shaw”—which is another way to telling me I should change it.

I picked Welsey because as far as I know there is no one with that name. I’ve never seen evidence of a single person, male or female, named Welsey. It’s meant to be unique, like her. The problem is, lots of people immediately see “Wesley.”

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

General Wesley Clark

Wesley Clark

To be clear, there is already an actor Wesley—Wesley Snipes. And there’s Wesley Clark, a U.S. General.

But there’s no Wesley Shaw.

It’s Wel-sey.

I’d originally briefly considered naming her Lindsay Shaw, because I like that name so much.

But I was afraid people would think I was alluding to another troublesome actress with the same first name. I’m not. But I wanted to make sure there was no confusion.

Plus, imdb says there are a couple actresses already named Lindsay Shaw.

I guess it’s just not distinctive enough.

So it’s Welsey. Some editor or agent may ask me to change it. But I’m not going to. That’s for sure.

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One response

  1. Stick to your guns, John, no matter what feedback people give you. It’s called artistic integrity. Your vision. Your project. Your story. Your choice.

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    April 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

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