Promise I won't tell the cops if you name a character after me.
Good luck and I'll buy.
you want a cop name or a villain name or a religious mogul name (I have openings for all three).
Villians: Current villains are Randy Featherstone - racist detective sergeant who hates on teh gays and Nixonianly compulsive record keeper. Died of a massive stroke in the middle of one of his plots to take out his deputy sheriff supervisor.
Miguel Allende - Mexican snitch and street hustler who was blackmailed into Featherstone's plot, currently in custody.
Raoul Lago - real person, corrupt cop and wet works man who carried out the assault on the deputy sheriff (who is my main character.)
Then there's the white nationalists and the Mormon kingpins: Amos Marigold, former D.A., serving 15 years for conspiracy and miscarriage of justice.
Amber Marigold, his twin sister, who tried to bribe her brother out of prison with $50k in drug money.
Amelia Isling (named after my niece), trophy wife of the mayor of the town, and Mormon social director in Ward 1.
Lorenzo Esteban (also known as Larry and Pendejo), alcoholic Mexican-American whose son blames the deputy sheriff for his father's demotion alcoholism. Then Larry Jr of course.
Al Taylor - all around ducker-of-work, was shot in the line of duty trying to stop a shooter at the hospital 6 weeks ago.)
Murdoch - named after a college friend of mine night shift 911 operator - can't stand the sight of guns and throws up at the sight of blood.
Pedro (Pete) Sanchez - now Al's partner on the detective beat, escaped injury due to holding down the fort at the Sheriff's department. Former friend of Esteban),.
Carol Eccleston - Sheriff's department Admin Assistant and emergency operator. She's the only one besides the Sheriff and Chief Deputy who know the call codes.
Jack Jewell - (named after the suspect in the bombings)beat and traffic cop - white nationalist leanings, but doesn't mind Mexicans who become citizens. A practical sort.
Willie Polk - (named after an undistinguished president). formerly Jack Jewell's beat partner on traffic, Mormon, involved in latest plot against the Deputy Sheriff.
Warren Perry: named after a classmate in high school (retired Chief Deputy who worked as a mole in the Sheriff's Dept, now warted for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder impersonating a pharmacist.
Greg Reynolds: named after a very acne-plagued high sahool classmate whom we also referred to as Regg Greynolds. High oingn the autism spectrum, but can work a crime scene to complete forensic analysis by obsessive attention to detail and a complete lack of proportion. Recently promoted to sergeant in the detectives unit for delivering his former colleague Willie Polk to jail in a hail of bullets without injury.
Lowell Beebe - named after the tallest and most irresponsible man in my high school who I think eventually graduated from the tech school and became a hotel manager for Marriott to my complete disbelief. So I had to make him a good cop.
Ellery John Cantrell: main character, named after fictional detective Ellery Queen (he's a queen, get it ?) openly gay in a rural religiously intolerant community and becomes a target for elimination by White Brotherhold nationalists as well as by the Mormon kin gpins. Heavy drinker and pill user due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Colson Grey - sadly this series predates "Shades of Grey" but no one will ever believe me unless they look at the copyright registration, I took a name from a former editor friend (whose name means the same as Nicol or black) his name literally means the "son of the black and grey". Laid-off divorced closeted ranch hand with two daughters, a crazy ex wife, and now lovers with the detective guy.
So I've got a LOT of character names from my high school years.
Let me know if you want to be a cop, a denizen of the gay bar, a shady Mormon kingpin, or a villain. I am going to need some lawyers, guns and money in the upcoming book 22.