Take it away, Megan!
No author is the same when it comes to creating and imagining their hero; for me, I cannot write the book unless I know what actor (or model, but that’s much rarer) the hero looks like.
And I can’t use actors who are older and/or dead. For some reason, if the actor isn’t as hot now as he used to be, it just doesn’t work for me.
For One-Eyed Dukes are Wild, I had an actor whom I’ve used before, and will likely use again—Richard Armitage, whom I first had the privilege of
My hero Lasham has the same height and same broad, menacing build. He also has brown eyes (not blue) and has an eyepatch over his missing eye.
Armitage is keenly aware of his size, and how that might intimidate people, a trait I had my hero have as well. In an interview, Armitage said, “I can feel that there’s an intimidation that can happen if I own my full height, and speak at my full volume. So I’ve learned over the years to just tone it all down a bit.”
Lasham does that as well, knowing he makes people uncomfortable not only with his size, but also with his eyepatch (he’s not really aware that he is attractive until the heroine tells him, however).
Using my hero’s various attributes, both physical and mental, based on his real-life inspiration really helps when it comes to writing the book. Not that it “practically writes itself!” because writing is simply not that easy, but for me it’s a lot easier (which is to say it is possible, not impossible) when I have a certain person in my head.
Does it change your reading of the book if you know who the author had in mind when writing a character?
One-Eyed Dukes are Wild
Dukes Behaving Badly #3
December 29, 2015
Add to Goodreads
Add Series to Goodreads
Another fun and sexy romance in Megan’s Dukes Behaving Badly series!
When does proper behavior deserve a deliciously improper reward?
The scandalously unmarried Lady Margaret Sawford is looking for adventure-and is always up for a challenge. Her curiosity is aroused by a dangerous-looking stranger with an eye patch, an ideal companion for the life she longs for, no matter what Society might say. So when the piratical gentleman turns out to be a duke-and just as boringly proper as any other nobleman-she can’t help but incite him to walk on the wild side.
Well-heeled, well-mannered, and well beyond any interest in society’s expectations, the Duke of Lasham is tired of being perfect. Margaret’s lush beauty and gently laughing eyes are an irresistible temptation to embrace the imperfect-and her. But if a little misbehavior is appealing, unleashing his wild side is completely seductive-as long as the lovely Margaret is the object of his passion…
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.