Tuesday, October 17, 2006

History. And heroes.

Today is 'One Day In History' day or something, and driving back from the school run I did briefly toy with the idea of making a blog entry for it. (I think they're all going to be kept and stored in a National Safe Place, which if my own experience is anything to go by, will mean that no-one will ever be able to find them again.) Anyway, having spent the morning scraping weetabix and rice crispies off various bits of kitchen and the afternoon indulging in lovely internet work-displacement activities I concluded I had nothing useful to contribute to the national effort and would only lower the tone.

I have, however, found a hero for the wip. By my standards, that constitutes a useful day's work. (You see my point? Future generations would be rightly disgusted.) His name is Alex Pettyfer, he's the hero of the film Stormbreaker and is merely a babe in arms. However, his face is perfect.

Just remember, I got him first....



Blogger Stacy Dawn said...

Oh yum.

6:15 pm  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

Mmmm... an interesting choice, India. Love the way his tie's loose and that look... oh yes, that look! (Sorry... getting carried away here - I know it'd be cradle snatching!)

11:12 pm  
Blogger India said...

I think it's a sign of ageing when all heroes look young enough to be our daughters' boyfriends. (Was also horrified to meet eldest daughter's form teacher last week and find he was probably still at primary school when I was having babies.)

The great thing about romance writing is that you get to relive your youth through your characters. And do it better, obviously!

10:53 am  
Blogger Eva said...

Nice piece of inspiration you have there, India. Quite a change from the dark hero of your first novel. Is he proving as engaging to write about?

2:12 pm  
Blogger India said...

(dreamily) Mmmmmm...Yes...

For the last book I didn't really have one image or one face that summed up Raphael (A young Jean-Christophe Novelli was an approximation of how I imagined him) but oddly enough I'm finding having this picture pinned above my desk very inspiring.

(Note to self: must remember to actually do some writing, and not spend all day staring lustfully at it...)

9:59 am  
Blogger Sue aka MsCreativity said...

Wow, it's getting kinda scary - my 14 yr old (who's often now mistaken for 18), bears a resemblence to this guy. Now I know I'm getting old!
Btw you've all been tagged to join a unique list to help other writers (don't blame me, blame Sharon ;-))- info on my blog...

Sue :-)

10:08 am  
Blogger Annie said...

Never mind future generations being disgusted, I'm disgusted. Not only does the boy in the picture look about the same age as my son - he looks like my son ('cept not quite as good looking, naturally). Perhaps you should quit writing for HM&B and think about selling your story of 'I'm in lust with a teenage hero' instead?

10:23 am  
Blogger Annie said...

Ooh, I've just noticed - he's still wearing his school tie.

10:55 am  
Blogger Annie said...

Oh and now I've noticed the tag from Sue. Okay, five things about me:

I work as a legal secretary

I'm married to an air traffic controller/flight instructor/pilot (yes, all at the same time - well, I get bored easily)

I have a slipped disc

I had a kidney removed at 21 (not brain surprisingly)

I'm a licensed athletics' coach

There now, ain't that interesting?

11:06 am  
Blogger India said...

Have obviously penciled in slight 5 o'clock shadow and a smattering of lines around mouth and eyes on the printout in my office.

Actual hero is 28, but one of the issues/areas of conflict in the book is about age so it was important to find a face for my hero that still had an impression of youth about it. Am I sounding defensive? Sorry, must be the result of that restraining order Sue and Annie have put on me regarding their sons...

Am now going to round up Eva and give a full and frank response to your tag, Sue!

12:15 pm  
Blogger Sue aka MsCreativity said...

ROFL @ pencilling in 5 o'clock shadow and restraining order!! :-D

Thanks for your input Annie - you never know I may have a future athletic hero that slips a disc and needs flying to hospital in an air ambulance but has his kidney removed by mistake and then takes legal action... at least I'll know where to come for the research ;-)

India your help in rounding up Eva for a frank response is very much appreciated, thanks.
Sue :-)

6:18 pm  
Blogger Eva said...

Frank response? Oh, bother!

7:26 pm  

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