The “S” Word–Sabre

Sabre (pronounced Say-bra) is the name of my main character in my SOB Legal Suspense series. SOB, Sabre Orin Brown, is an attorney in the juvenile court system in San Diego. Her first appearance is in the novel “The Advocate” where she represents a nine-year-old whose father is fighting to keep the child protective services out of his life. Sabre’s job is to protect her minor client.

What you might not know about Sabre is some of her background. She was raised Catholic, has only one sibling, Ron, who has been missing for five years, a deceased father, and some serious trust issues. She has strong beliefs in the legal system but seems to have that belief tested on a regular basis. Although she appears at ease in her expensive suits and shoes and speaking in the courtroom, she would much rather be wearing jeans and a t-shirt, and walking barefoot on the beach in the rain.

Sabre’s second adventure is in the making in another SOB Legal Suspense novel, and great surprises await her.

The name for the character Sabre came from a little girl who I met some thirteen years ago. She had so much love to give and at the time no one to give it to. She came into my heart where she will forever remain.

How has a child changed your life?
Writers, where do you get the names for your characters?

  1. I can't wait to see what trouble finds Sabre next! Can we get some teasers?

    Names for characters for me usually come from some sort of mythology or I like to warp names from people in the past.

    Isaac Newton: Astronomer, Alchemist…
    Michael Maier: German Alchemist
    My character: Isaac Maier- Diabolical Enemy Alchemist

  2. After my first child was born, I suddenly realized I'd do anything to protect him, even kill if necessary. I guess it was the mother instinct rising in me, but it came as a surprise since I was basically a non-violent person. The older I get, though, the more I understand that instinct and what it can drive a person to do.

    I find names for characters in graveyards and the roster of the National Football League. The fictional town in my series was settled by German immigrant farmers, so I scour cemeteries for German names. The president of Bruck University in my series is Garrison Hurst. I named him for Garrison Hearst, former running back for the Denver Broncos. In my third book I have a male nurse named Keeshon Johnson. I named him for Keashon Johnson, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You can find some unusual names among football players.

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  4. My son, my blessing. He's changed my life in so many ways. I love seeing things through his eyes. Adds a freshness to the same old stuff.

    Enjoyed your article, Teresa!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful comments. T

  6. The older I get, though, the more I understand that instinct and what it can drive a person to do.

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