: Many of the human characters are named after family, friends, and fans. ‘Doctor Friedlander’ is named after a friend who is a real-life rocket scientist (he has a shirt that says ‘Yes, it is rocket science’). ‘Katie Frey’ is also a real person who was in my running group in Virginia. Sami Reed, Dani Grace, Lauren Poole, Sarah Rose and Olivia ‘Doopers’ Dupres are my nieces. I need to work my niece Colleen into a future story.
For aliens, I start with the first letter of a name, and imagine something that sounds good.