So I’m trying to do better with this whole blog thing. I know… I’ve said that before, but this time I really mean it. I realize that I need to get my voice out there and just be loud and obnoxious. So here goes nothin’… Somebody please kick my ass when I fall off after a few days.
I decided to talk a teensy bit tonight about muses. All artists have them, whether they’re writers, musicians, visual artists or actors. We all use something or someone to glean inspiration from. As a romance writer, I’ve often felt that an appropriate muse is one of the most important things you can have. It always helps me to have a picture in my mind of my characters. Of course, this is also what makes me impossible to please with cover art. So tonight, a little tour through my Rogues’ Gallery of muses.
First off, I’m going to show you this man. He’s a constant muse and has been in every single book I’ve ever written. My long-suffering husband, author and best friend, Tally Johnson. He drives me insane, but I’m sure the feeling is mutual. Even though he NEVER reads my books (says they make him feel funny… wtf?!), he’s always encouraging. His creamy southern accent is an inspiration for the voice of all those southern gothic characters I create. He’s got the best set of big brown eyes and an old-fashioned charm that just makes me swoon. But best of all, he’s the muse I get to sleep with every night.
Razor-sharp wit. If you’ll notice, every one of my heroes is extremely sharp. Clever, sarcastic charming and calculating are some of the features that I find most tantalizing. You will never see an idiot take his clothes off in an Alexandra Christian novel. It just won’t happen. I like them smart and sexy. So one of my favorite muses lately has been none other than Benedict Cumberbatch. All I have to do is take one look at those ice cold eyes, the sneer of that heart shaped mouth and that low purr of his voice and the story practically writes itself.
The muse that started it all. I’ve told this story a million times, but I owe a lot of my writing career and many of my relationships to this muse. Waaaaayyyy back in 2001, I was in that awkward period just after college when I was trying to find my place in the adult world. I was letting go of some destructive friendships and was feeling pretty lonely at that point. That summer, I saw the incredible movie, Moulin Rouge, with my older sisters and immediately fell in love with Ewan McGregor. I went total fangirl. And who says that’s good for nothing? I joined some yahoo groups (remember those?!) and met some other fangirls and of course… I began… *hangs head in shame* writing fan fiction. It taught me so much about how to build a story AND got me addicted to writing for other people to read and getting feedback. A lot of the things that I learned about writing, I learned from writing fan fiction. I also made three of the best friends a girl could ever hope for in the process. So Ewan remains in the upper echelon of my favorite muses.
OK, this blog post has now reached maximum density. I could continue, as I have lots of muses, both male and female, but that would just bore you. Besides…. I’m supposed to be pimping my new book, “One Hundred Strokes.” And just what muse is responsible for Julian? Well… I guess you’ll have to read the book and find out….