posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
Last time my post was all about the hero of my upcoming release The Treasures of Venice, charming Irish rogue Keirnan Fitzgerald. I thought it only fair today to give equal time to my heroine, American Samantha (Sam) Lewis.
Just as I always fall in love with my heroes, I also identify with my heroines, and I want my readers to do the same. Since I know far more about them than ever makes it to the printed page, let me share a few of those details about Sam.
The only child of a flighty and somewhat irresponsible mother (I picture Sam's mom being like Diane Chambers on "Cheers"), Sam found solace in books early on, so it was a natural for her to become a librarian. By the time she reached her teens, Sam had taken over the parent role and her mother stayed the rebellious child.
Choosing to do a complete 180 from her mother, by the time Sam graduated from high school she had her life all planned out with one year, five year, and ten year goals and objectives. When Treasures of Venice opens, poor Sam has recently had all her lovely life plans upset by her philandering fiance who broke their engagement and Sam's heart (or so she thinks).
Ever practical Sam goes on the non-refundable honeymoon trip to Italy by herself and she's gone so far as to think that maybe she should be a little more adventurous and spontaneous. Of course, that is when a certain dark-haired, blue-eyed, Irish hunk waltzes into her life and dependable, practical Samantha Lewis throws caution to the wind.
On the surface, Keirnan and Samantha seem like polar opposites. He's a brashly self-confident, fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants kind of guy, while she is methodical and turns to books or logic for answers. Like most of us, Sam is a little insecure about her looks, and she simply can't believe that a great looking hunk like Keirnan would be interested in her. But just this once, she decides to follow her heart instead of her head. By the end of the book, both my hero and heroine have each grown a little more like the other. I hope you enjoy reading about that journey as much as I enjoyed writing it!
When I first started brainstorming ideas for Treasures of Venice, a painting of a young Renaissance woman named Gianna Tornabuoni inspired me to create the dual storyline and the character of Serafina Lombardo. But for the reincarnation aspects of the dual storyline to work, my modern day heroine needed to have some resemblance to the girl in the portrait.
As I previously mentioned, Gerry Butler proved to be the perfect physical (and personality-wise too) model for Keirnan. I can totally understand why Sam (or any woman) would spontaneously go along with someone like him! But who would a guy like that find attractive? Probably not your conventional beauty, but someone with brains as well as good looks.
After watching the film "Waitress" I decided the actress Keri Russell would be the perfect physical model for Sam. Plus, her coloring is enough like Gianna Tornabuoni to make Keirnan (and several other characters) connect Sam to Serafina Lombardo.
What about you? What traits, both physical and personality-wise, do you like in a heroine? Who are some of your all-time favorite romance heroines?