The simple answer to the question is THE AUTHOR, of course!
The better question is how did the detectives end up with their names? Well . . .
Lanny Wyatt’s real first name is Lanyon. I chose Lanyon because it was my great-grandparents’ last name: John Lanyon and Annie Sherrill Lanyon. (Notice the “Sherrill” part? That’s how I got my first name!) Wyatt? Oh, it just popped into my head.
Lexi Wyatt is really Alexia Wyatt. I was grocery shopping one day and saw a bag of waffle-cut fries in the frozen food section that said “Alexia” on it. I liked the name and brought it–but not the fries–home for my writing.
Moki Kalani has a Hawaiian name since he was born in Hawaii. I met a friendly boy named Moki on an island vacation. (You never know whom you might inspire by being nice!) And Kalani means “the sky or the heavens.” I thought that was beautiful.
Finally, Rani Kumar. She’s from India, so I googled Indian girl names. Rani means “the queen.” I liked that! And Kumar is the last name of someone I know.
Watch for these characters to appear in Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, Book 1 of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries. Release date: February 1, 2020.
So Readers, get a clue! Come back soon for more information about the detectives, their mysteries, and where they live.