The day I came up with Aggie Boyle was like any other day. My daughter got into bed and called for me to come in to say goodnight and as she waited for me to make up her nightly bedtime story, she started to tell me about her day. As I listened to what she said happened to her that day, I knew right away that the character in this night’s story had to be a witch. (I always made the lead character in my stories a girl!)
So, I started thinking about a good name for the character. The first name that popped into my head was Agatha. But I decided that just didn’t sound right. I wanted to make that name shorter. The name Aggie popped right into my head. It sounded just right.
Now, for the last name, I wanted something that would sound “witchy.” I remembered from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the three witches saying, “Double, double toil and trouble…” The word toil stuck in my head, so I thought about a name that rhymed with it and the name Boyle came to me. Hmmm, I thought to myself, Aggie Boyle sounds like a pretty good name for a witch. And that was the start of a brand-new tale about a young witch named Aggie Boyle.
Below is a link to an interview I did about giving Aggie her name plus a few other things about Aggie and the book!