I have been hard at work on the second draft of my novel I started last winter. I was talking about the book to a French-speaking friend who grew up in Quebec. I explained to her that the book featured a female character who time-travels to Paris, 1866. My friend asked me the names of the characters in the book and, when I told her that one of the antagonists was named Guillaume, she told me that English-only readers would have a problem with that name.
I never thought about this before although I know how important characters’ names are in a work of fiction. What do you think? If you cannot read or speak French, would you have difficulties with this character’s name? I really would like your opinion.
Previous non-fiction book written by me: https://fromtimespast.com/2012/10/15/historical-interiors-of-alberta-a-guide-to-restoring-and-decorating-your-heritage-home/