Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts
World Building Question for the Day: How do you deal with difficult character or place names? How do you decide to keep them "as they are" or change them to make them easier?
In the first novel, Champion in the Darkness, I faced three character name challenges: Dantor, Drinaii, and Kalidess (formerly known as Sirqayya). I kept two and changed one because I had several readers tell me that they strongly disliked (hated) Kalidess's original name. Dantor's name is one that I struggled with but decided to keep. Drinaii just sounded right to me from the first moment I wrote it, but I know that many readers struggle with how to pronounce it. The first "I" is a short vowel sound like in "it" and the second vowel combination I originally pronounced 'I' as in "kite" but after several conversations with teen readers, I realized that it could be and most likely should be pronounced like the last part of "Hawai'i."