I tend to use more traditional names for my characters: Kelly and James are the heroine and hero in DEADLY CONTACT (out in November!) and Thomas and Claire are the couple at the heart of Book 2 (titled FATAL FALLOUT, for now). In DEADLY DECEPTIONS, you'll meet Alex and Jillian.
|Does it still smell sweet?|
I generally don't consider the meaning of a name when I use it, as I'm more interested in how the sound of the name fits the character. I do have a few quirks when it comes to naming characters though--I love comics and I love the books of Diana Gabaldon, so in every book I've written so far, one character has a name inspired by comic books, and one character has a name from the Outlander saga. I'll leave it to you guys to find the references. :-)
What about you? How do you name your characters? And readers, do you prefer traditional or more creative character names?