I have a problem. I have a name for a character in my WIP that I love. Now, this character is not the main character...she's the six-year-old sister of my main character. However, she plays a major role in my story. Anyway, I named this character way back in the summer when I was still in the brainstorming stage. I completed a character sketch of her. I even went online and found a picture of an adorable little girl that looked like her, printed it out, and stapled it to the sketch.
Now months later, I just finished an awesome book (Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick) and, wouldn't you know it, the MC in that book has a name similar to my character's name. The main character in Hush, Hush is named Nora Gray. My character is named Noren Grayson. Hmmm. What to do. I know, it would probably be easier to just change her first or last name, but my problem is that I already think of her as Noren Grayson. That's her name, and I hate the thought of changing it. But, I don't want people (readers, potential agents and editors) to think I just copied the name from Hush, Hush. I didn't. I never even heard of Hush, Hush until a two months ago when I read a review of it on another blog. I've known about this conflict since then, but I've been putting off making a decision.
So, what do you think? Should I keep the name or change it? I would love to hear your opinion!