I am a wee bit early to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. Nevertheless I am moved to announce that I cannot tell a lie (and, in present company, I really don’t know why I should).
The truth: I find writer’s inspiration in hot guys.
Allow me to give you some examples.
But before I do, I should make something clear. I don’t fixate on a model or actor or musician or whoever and copy his appearance or voice or any other delectable attribute into my male characters. To be truly inspired is not to imitate form and content, but to allow the spirit of the original to lift the imagination to yet greater heights.
In other (less flowery) words, in my imagination my heroes are even hotter than the following men.
Let’s begin with Lord Leam Blackwood, hero of my upcoming When a Scot Loves a Lady. While developing Leam’s character, one day I was innocently browsing through I-can’t-remember-what-websites and came upon True Inspiration.
The cover image for Karen Marie Moning’s Kiss of the Highlander, this inspiring mouth and clavicle belong to model Nathan Kamp. Imagine my delight, then, to learn that Mr. Kamp was the gent on the cover of my Captured by a Rogue Lord.
And speaking of Alex Savege, here is the big, handsome, charming fellow that flickered into my mind every so often while I was penning my pirate rogue’s story.
I’ll let you guess which of my books benefited from Bollywood star Arjun Rampal’s firm jaw.
As some of you know, I am as wont to lose my heart to an animated hero as to any other handsome roguish devil. Several months ago I admitted right here at The Ballroom to my inspiration for the youthful Captain Nik Acton in my novella A Lady’s Wish.
(He’s even cuter in the wedding finery he dons for the short film that’s showing in theaters now before Beauty and the Beast 3D!)
Finally, while writing book #3 of my new Falcon Club series and again innocently browsing the internet, I discovered this man.
You probably all know who he is. I did not. There was no name attached to the photo and I’d never seen him before. I had however seen Mr. Wyn Yale — Leam Blackwood’s best friend and the hero of the book I was writing — in my imagination quite, quite clearly. When I saw this photo, I actually gaped. I didn’t know how it was possible, but the Internet had created my character’s physical double!
I snatched up the phone and dialed my writing partner, who at the time was reading that manuscript. “Marquita!” I cried. “Wyn Yale exists in real life!” I sent the photo to her. “See? Here’s his picture!”
Darling woman that she is, Marquita chuckled gently and directed me toward a whole page of pictures of Matt Bomer, fan sites, etc. It seemed that my imagination alone had not created him. He was also a Real Person.
But I’m not complaining.
Does any particular handsome gentleman inspire your imagination to soar?