I've been busy working on the final edits to Fugitive and tweaking the Hero manuscript, but lately I've also been doing a bit of reading on the side. I read Cindy's Treasures of Venice and enjoyed it very much. Before that, I read Marie's Love at First Flight, Kendra's Wild Highland Magic, and Beth's Healing Luke, and I'm currently reading Amelia's A Marquis to Marry. I've ordered Fire Me, and Loving Mr. Darcy. Over the course of the past couple of years I've read just about all of the Casa Babes' books and one thing is becoming clear: We're not just getting older, we're getting better!
Not that our first books were terrible by any means, but I can see a definite improvement. I hope my own books are improving with each experience, but I suppose that only time, and the readers, will tell. My biggest difficulty right now is coming up with stories and heroes for the next three books in The Cat Star Chronicles series. Originally, there were only going to be six, and I was all set to start winding down and move on to something else after Hero was finished, but since that phone call from Deb a few months back, I've been trying to figure out what to write about in the next three in the series that she asked me for.
Not that my imagination has taken a vacation, it's just that there haven't been any male (or female!) characters around to inspire me lately. By this I mean real people or characters in movies. Many of my characters have their origins in real people, but is it just me or have all the movie heroes suddenly become, well . . . uninteresting???
Perhaps I'm just not watching the right ones. I could imagine a bit of Gerard Butler in Cindy's Kiernan and possibly Jason Isaacs in Kendra's Lucien--both of whom are terrific actors with very distinct personalities. Having that character "voice" in my head while I read enhances the experience, but it makes a huge difference if I can hear it while I write. In Hero, Trag is my, well . . . hero . . . and he is one that sprang into my mind without any help from anyone, at least, not that I'm aware of. He's got tons of personality and a terrific sense of humor. I'm hoping for another one like that, but since he isn't there yet, I keep looking.
So, please, Mr. Wonderful out there, whoever you are, inspire me. Make me want to write your story. Have a personality that just won't quit, a sexy voice that will take root in my mind, a sense of humor that will keep me chuckling, and an enthralling tale to tell. I need you!
Hmmm. . . . maybe this one will help. . . . He's definitely intriguing and clicking on him makes him bigger. . . .
Now if I could only hear his voice. . . .