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Will the Real David Cameron Please Stand Up?

(Or, Why An Author Should Always Google Their Characters’ Names)

This post first appeared on The Romance Dish, and is cross-posted with permission.

In my first historical romance, What Happens in Scotland, I blithely introduced two secondary characters who would go on to anchor their own books. I named the man who would become the hero for my second book David Cameron, a name that just seemed to pop (*poof*!) into my head. A rake who likes to dally with maids and who *may* have abandoned a young woman in the first book, I knew I had my work cut out for me to turn him into a bona fide hero in my second book, Summer is for Lovers.

What I didn’t realize, however, was that I had also given him the same name as Britain’s prime minister.

In my defense, I am an apolitical sort of creature. Half the time I couldn’t tell you the name of my state’s governor, much less any details about international politics. I have to imagine I’d internalized this name into my subconscious as something quintessentially British, then trotted it out—completely oblivious—at the most inappropriate time imaginable.

I shudder to think what my British readers must think of me. It would be like an English author naming their hero Barack Obama, for heaven’s sake! But by the time I realized it, book #1 was already out in print and David Cameron was already a living, breathing character in people’s heads.

So here I am: two David Camerons, and a whole lot of explaining to do.

Lest you begin to find yourself as confused as I, here are some important differences to keep in mind as you read Summer is for Lovers, which is out September 24th, 2013:



Mr. David Cameron 

The Right Honorable           David Cameron


                                                            David Cameron closeup         David Cameron Prime Minister



 June 17, 1810

 October 9, 1966


Blondish, curly (don’t let the pic fool you…)


Brownish and thinning

Eye Color






Needs a few bench presses. And probably a stylist.


Why You Should Know Him


Roguish hero of

Summer is for Lovers

Freaking Prime Minister of Britain



Scottish, Welsh, English


Political leanings


Equal Opportunist Rogue

Liberal Conservative


Former soldier, serves as magistrate of the little Scottish town of  Moraig

Former Director of Corporate Affairs at a Communications Company


Love Interest

Miss Caroline Tolbertson, social misfit. Secret swimmer and wistful   dreamer. Determined to save her family from financial ruin.

Caroline Tolbertson

Samantha Cameron, poised Society Beauty, distant cousin of Princess   Dianna. Voted “Best Accessory Designer” by British Glamour magazine in 2009.

Samantha Cameron

Vacation Preferences


Victorian seaside resort of Brighton

Portugal, Tuscany


There you have it! The two David Camerons. Easy enough to keep apart in your head, now that you know I wasn’t really thinking of one when I created the other!


Available September 24th, 2013 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indie-bound

See the Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpznycdbreE

His heart is unavailable. Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him…

Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson’s infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.

That is, if David will agree to teach her.

Past mistakes have convinced David he’ll make a terrible husband, though he’ll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind.  As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured…provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.

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Jennifer McQuiston writes Different. Historical. Romance. She lives in Atlanta, GA, where she works as an infectious disease researcher for the CDC and tries desperately to stay out of international politics. Visit her at www.jenmcquiston.com, or follow her on Twitter @jenmcqwrites and Facebook at www.facebook.com/jennifermcquistonauthor