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Finding the Tingle
by Kristan Higgins
Sure, sure, Higgins, you’re saying. We get it.
But no. I mean, it’s embarrassing. I like to have a face in mind for my hero, so the first step of our love fest is to find a face that speaks to me. It doesn’t have to be the prettiest face or the most perfect; in fact, I’m a fan of what I call the “lived-in face.” I want some imperfection and some character. I want the face to match the personality I’m developing for this character. I want a visceral reaction. I want tingling.
Step #1: The internet trawl. This can take days. I dismiss easily. Too pretty. Nope, already used him. Nah, he does nothing for me. And then…and then a face stops me. Oh, I think. Mommy likes. Who is that? I study a few pictures. If the tingling increases, we have a winner.
Step #2: Download a few photos that capture different expressions of said hottie. How many was that again, Higgins? Okay, fine. I have sixty-five pictures of my current love interest on my computer at the moment. Sue me.
Step #4: Pore over the aforementioned sixty-five pictures before beginning one’s writing day. It’s, um, inspiring.
Step #5: Repeat steps 2-4 as often as possible throughout the course of the writing of the book.
It’s always so gratifying when I get a letter from someone who says, “I was so in love with Malone/Callahan/Trevor/Liam…” My response: Preach it, sister. I think the only way to write a hero a reader can fall in love with is to fall in love myself.
And then comes the break-up. But that’s a blog for another time.
Got any heroes from books or movies you just couldn’t get over?
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