Ten Things About How to Pronounce Those Odd Names & Words I Write
Charmian: the h is silent, and the C is hard, just as it is in Chemistry, so it's KAR-mee-ahn.
Cherijo: The #1 most mispronounced name from my books; usually read out loud like the cereal (Cheerios.) The correct way to say it is CHAIR-ee-joe.
Cyprien: I've had actual arguments with people over the various ways to say this one. I pronounce it SEE-prahn.
Darkyn: I cooked up this one from a medieval reference to "dark kin" in a history book, which is probably why I pronounce it DAR-kin.
Jamys: Made this one up myself, too, although there may be an ancient equivalent out there somewhere. Most people say it as JAM-miss or JAY-miss. I pronounce it as Jshah-ME.
Kao: I coined it from the letters K and O, which is also how it's pronounced: KAY-oh.
Kyara: I borrowed this from a baby name book; it's pronounced Key-ARE-ah.
Thierry: Another silent h here -- it's pronounced Tee-AIR-ee.
Xonea: For some reason everyone thinks it's Zoh-NEE-ah; I pronounce it with the short o: Zuh-NEE-ah
and finally, about my own headache:
Viehl: It's not pronounced VALE or VILE, and it's actually two syllables, like Kal-El (you did not know I belonged to the House of El, did you?) So to be completely accurate it's pronounced VEE-el, but VEEL is perfectly acceptable.