Writers? Do you ever build a character around an established person’s looks, or get lucky enough to find a person/picture of a person who fits the image in your mind?
Readers? Do you like knowing how the author imagined their main character in their head, without just relying on storyline descriptions? Or does it throw you for a loop, especially if you had an image different from that in your own mind’s eye?
As a reader, it usually doesn’t bother me to find out if what I imagined is totally different from that of the author. As a writer, unless it’s a flash fic, I see how I want things to go down in my mind. Locations, shibari designs, hairstyles, tattoos, and I do my absolute best to clearly describe in my writing how I visualize those things, and people. Sometimes, the image is a little blurry and I want a little more detail, so I go on a search to see if anything out there on the interwebs even closely resembles what I’m imagining. Sometimes I get lucky, and sometimes not so much.
That’s how it happened with my debut story, Heart of Atlantis. I was writing and had this relatively clear image of a character with golden dreads. He was tall, but with well defined muscles that were just enough–not long and super lean. He had clear eyes, and scruff on his face. This was my Marley. My Aeëtes.
As I was nearing completion of the first draft, I wanted to see if there was anyone out there in the modeling world who may even come close to what I envisioned. And I was so successful. It was a windfall that I wasn’t expecting. I had found my Marley. So while I may have called this model my picspiration, that came second as I was finishing up, and through edits. I remembered noticing him in a certain JLo video–the second in his still new career–before I ever imagined Marley. When I looked further into his shots and just learning who he is, there was so much more.
With that said, I give you the closest version to what I imagined for Marley, Alexander Masson.
Isn’t he delish? The pics here are some of my favorites. Happy reading, viewing, connecting, drooling *passes a tissue *.