>Pictures speak louder than words


I’ve been thinking about inspiration in my writing this weekend. I can sit with my eyes closed for hours and imagine my characters. What they sound like, what their hair looks/feels like, how their eyes look when they laugh, what they feel like, and most of all- what they look like.
My heroes seem to always-always- have a deep southern accent. Sometimes they might have a gravelly voice, deep and rough, or just an average tone (I think of Chase Bishop with this), a voice that drawls slow and deepens in passion or anger- but on the average he sounds like the boy next door we all grew up with. I love dark haired men vs blond or red. Most of my heroes will have dark, or very dark, brown or black hair. Sometimes its longer than acceptable in society these days (I grew up in the 70’s-80’s when long hair on men was IT) but not tacky long. I think of Chase with a hair style similar to (from my favorite band!) Gary LeVox; Rascal Flatts lead vocalist, only darker. I’m still looking for a picture that captures Chase and the image I have in my head. But I have one that is very close.
Real estate mogul living an ordinary small town life. He doesn’t flaunt his wealth because he doesn’t need to. People know who he is, they know what he does and his successes.

Meet real estate agent- 5′ 11 1/2″, 207# of brawn and brain, Chase Bishop, 29 years old, single, wealthy, sexy.
(I had pictures of both h/H but it wouldn’t load my blog with them in.)

Now that I’ve covered the man of my current dream, let’s see who he has his violet gray gaze pinned on and his heart lost to.

When I think of the ladies, I think typical girl next door lovelies. Usually darker hair, though not always (one sub character has blue streaks, or red, orange, green- whatever her mood), because the heroine in this love story has magnificent dark auburn hair in curly ringlets of disarray. She’s got Irish heritage and it shows in her light complexion and big green eyes. I imagine my heroines as around 5.2-5.6 tall and (usually) around 110-130#. She isn’t perfect, though the hero always thinks she is. Like you and I they both have faults and blemishes (inside and/or out). But they are respectable, honest, people. Always. Even if they don’t seem so at times. Hey- we all slip now and again. Don’t judge.

I haven’t found the perfect representation for Kelly yet. After all, it’s not easy finding someone with her description-and pregnant. But I came close with a toss up between two.
The first I picked is Model, Kate Dobo.
Then, there’s Model Aviva. Young, fresh-faced, and (I think) just what I’m looking for in a ‘girl next door’ presentation. Except she’s not pregnant.(I actually imagine Kelly with a little more meat on her bones, but this is a great likeness.)
So…Let me introduce you all to clothing entrepreneur and cat sitter- 5’5″, 138#, 5-month-pregnant, Kelly King. 26 years old, single, surrogate baby receptacle who steals the real estate mogul’s heart.

Now I just need to get to their HEA and get their story in front of an editor!
Of course, sitting with my eyes closed doesn’t get any words to paper- so I don’t sit day dreaming for hours. But I think inspiration is key to any good book and whether it’s pictures to gaze upon, or music to write by, we need that key to unlock the doors of creativity.

Today it’s pictures, images of the heroine and hero.

Tomorrow? Maybe I’ll listen to some tunes and see what feels like Kelly’s song. After all, what gal doesn’t like to have ‘her’ song?


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site https://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com/ when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), https://www.etsy.com/people/cmselfridge and https://poshmark.com/closet/okieflips I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 02/02/2010, in Pen of the Dreamer. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. >LOL Rachel. I love it. I run in the same vein with my heroes. I have dark brown eyes (you're forgiven :-P) so I find I tend to avoid them for some reason. (Except in my first submission. Heroine, Shana Raven has chocolate eyes and they do wonderful things for the hero.)I don't use pics a lot- mostly because I have a hard time finding them!- but I couldn't get the ones I have for these two to upload with my post. I refused to let my post load as long as they were there. And they are so right for these two! Drat.Gail, I will have to see who Clive is. I know the name sort of, but I'm just not very good with putting names and faces together without visual aides. 🙂


  2. >I do use pics a lot but all my heroes looked like Clive Owen and its easy to find pictures of him. I have all his movies too. My new book is going to have two blondes, brothers. I need to change it up.


  3. >LOL, I just blogged about how writers spend time with the voices and people in their heads!I don't use pictures of actual people very often but have noticed my tendency to make all my men dark haired with blue, grey, or green eyes. They are all tall though it varies a little.My gals run the gamut. Short, tall, chubby, thin, fit, etc. Hair color is anything but blond so far and eyes are never brown.Wonder what that says about me? I'm evidently not attracted to blonds or brown eyes! Apologies to all …I'll have to mix it up and make myself write a brown eyed blond character just to exorcise my demons!


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