Now when it came to Tristan, the hero of my second book, I had written through the first love scene when my then CP sent me an e-mail with an attachment. The message simply said : "This is Tristan."
And trust me, ladies, he is.
So here is my question. When you write, when you "see" your hero (or heroine) for the first time, have you already picked out an image in your mind? Have you paged through magazines and websites and found that perfect image before you begin to tell his (or her) story?
(This one's for you, Lexi!)
Do you see a photo or a filmclip and think "There's a story there." and begin to write?
I know many authors collage before they write or while they are writing. Do the images you find as inspiration change the way you write the hero (or heroine?)
I don't write westerns and this guy inspires me! Save a Horse! Ride a Cowboy!
Rumor has it this guy is slated to play Christian Grey in the film version of 50 Shades of Grey. Hmmm. I've read all three books. This guy isn't quite who I pictured. That's the trouble with books being made into films. Each of us has our own vision of the characters we love. I can't imagine Harry Potter played by anyone other than Daniel Radcliffe, but is that because of the image I had in my head while reading the book or because the films and books are so ingrained in my psyche I can no longer separate them?
Now I've read The Hobbit a number of times. I never even fell in "Like" with Thorin Oakenshield, let alone LOVE! My image of the character was somewhere between Billy Barty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. But let me tell you, after seeing Richard Armitage as the Dwarf Prince I am all over some Dwarf Love!
And in case you are wondering, ladies, I haven't written stories for these gentlemen yet, but I will. You bet your sweet bicep I will.
So how about it? Which comes first - the image or the character? Does anyone else have an extensive collection of gratuitous inspiration or am I the only dirty little old lady in the bunch? Does having an image of your characters help in the writing of the story or is it a hindrance? And if anyone has some suggestions for inspirational photos please do share! A writer can never have too much chocolate, too much wine, or two much gratuitous eye candy!