I admit it. I have another weakness other than writing… and shoes.
(Clearing of throat and standing up to face the group) My name is Nikki and I like to look at handsome men.
Which is a happy coincidence, because although I never base characters on real people I do find that having pictures and photos to look at can spark inspiration when writing. Having a visual helps me describe my heroes and heroines physically so that they are as real as possible for readers (they are real in my head and I have conversations with them so what I want is for that to translate to anyone who reads my short stories/novels).
Here are the guys that inspire me when I’m creating my leading men. (Trust me, this post only skims the surface!)
I’ve had a massive crush on David Boreanaz ever since he played Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then his own spin-off series (long before vampires got cool again with the release of the Twilight series). When he started playing Agent Booth in Bones I was in heaven. There’s something about that ‘cocky’ belt that he wears…
Ryan Reynolds, I can’t even speak… sigh.
I’ve always thought that Brad Pitt was beautiful. Some of my earliest sightings of him was in Thelma and Louise and in the Levi’s ad – it was sinful how great he looked in those tight jeans.
Jared Leto was the guy that my friends and I drooled over in sixth form when we used to watch My So-called Life with Clare Danes in it. His character was the stoic bad boy with the piercing blue eyes. Just gorgeous. The boys in our school were so irritated by us cooing and sighing over the blue-eyed one that they started a rumour that he died!
Lastly, a newly discovered delight is the late Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus in the TV series (Season One, Blood & Sand). An amazing actor and a beautiful looking man who sadly passed away last year after a terminal illness. It’s hard to believe he was becoming unwell when he looked so healthy and fit in the series. A brave man to be much admired.
Now, enough about me – who floats your boat?
I’d love to hear…
And I am delighted to confirm that now the craziness of the RNA Conference (check out last week’s post) is over, my guest posts will be returning. Look out for the Writing, Work and Wine With… series next week.
Until then, happy writing / drooling,