Helen started it. (I’m hoping some of the other Riders will post pics of their current hero/heroines, too. It’s fun to compare notes.) So I started a new book on Monday and the working title is A Year And A Day. It’s not sold. I’m just working up the idea because these two characters are in my brain and won’t let go, so if I can at least write it down, then my mind will quiet and I can go back to the real work (aka The Book That I’m Actually Getting Paid To Write).
A lot of times when I start a story I have the image of the hero in mind. Then I rush to the internet and search until I find a match so I can place it on my desktop. It really helps me to have pictures to visualize the characters. For me, the right face makes the story flow from my fingertips.
So this is another vampire story. The mortal heroine (tentatively titled Lark) was once married to a vampire slayer who was tortured for a year and a day by vampires, then returned to her after they’d bitten him. He begged her to stake him because becoming a vamp is the worst of the worst. She did it (not without much angst). So now she’s vowed revenge in her hubby’s name by killing one vampire for every day they tortured him. I saw this pic of Angelina Jolie and it was all in the eyes. Some kind of cold, calculating look there. Emotionless, and yet, the hint of compassion if you look real close. She immediately became Lark.
So tell me, when you read a story do you envision the character in your mind? As an actor or famous face? Or do you create your own hero and heroine?