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And head’s up — tomorrow I have the fabulous Michele Bardsley here for a demonically delicious Q&A and she’ll be giving away a $10 gift card for Barnes & Noble.
Today I wanted to talk a bit about inspiration. And when I talk inspiration, of course I’m talking about hot actors! I usually cast the characters I’m writing in my head so I can see everything play out like a movie. Then, ideally, I just write down what I see. Sometimes this works smashingly, and sometimes it doesn’t. But I find having a set image in my mind of who my heroes are doesn’t hurt!
I’ve written two demon heroes thus far. The first, Nathaniel, in my 2006 release ANGEL WITH ATTITUDE was easy to cast. At the time I was a bit infatuated with Jude Law, so there you are. Jude was the Nathaniel in mah little brain. A little somethin’ like this:
Sign me up, tempter demon!
Now for my Living in Eden series, Darrak’s the name of the demon in residence. And he is the first character EVER that has not had any one actor who’s been right for the part. I’ve waffled on this several times, casting and recasting in my imagination, but to no ultimate success. Darrak’s that mix of humorous cracks/sarcasm, hotness, angstiness (occasionally, but not nearly as much as my previous heroes), and demon-next-door — it just didn’t gel together for me with any one look. Some of the boys that have been in the running include:
Each of these actors had a quality I thought was right for Darrak, but it didn’t quite mesh for me. Finally I settled on the perfect mix of hot physique and quirky/fun personality:
This isn’t exactly how Darrak looks in my imagination, though. I was surprised by how much of a perfect match the cover model chosen is to how I pictured the character in my head. So it’s a nice blend of the two.
I’ve said before that Darrak is my favorite hero to date to write. I think it’s that fun mix of humor and supernatural alpha hero. In any case, he’s been tons of fun to write in both THE DEMON IN ME and SOMETHING WICKED. I hope readers connect with him!
So, my question du jour if anyone would like to answer it — when you’re reading a book and if you have a favorite hero, do you picture an actor in the part? If you were casting a movie, do you have the perfect person for the role?