It’s kinda awkward when you have a crush on one of your own characters.
It is not, however, infrequent among writers, I’ve surmised. And this is certainly not the first time it has happened to me.
Des (Despard) Morrisay is my most recent “crush”, though that sounds mind-blowingly vain and conceited and arrogant, since I did think him up, after all. But….he’s kind of adorable. Trust me, whether or not it works out on the page, he’s basically perfect in my mind. In an entirely different way than Tam is perfect. Because…*River Song voice*…”Spoilers!” sadly, most of this book is about Isla learning to be strong without Tam, so there isn’t as much character development as I’d like for him.
Oh! Before I forget, Finding You is on Pinterest! Check out the board I’ve created here (I’ll be adding to it fairly often)!
But anyway. I mentioned when I first announced Finding You in this post that I had a cast of supporting characters that I was excited about, and now you’ve met some of them- so here they are.
Des, my personal favorite, is imagined quite a bit after Dominic Cooper in appearance, with a bit of Peter Pan’s personality thrown in (my impression of Peter Pan from reading it as an 11-year-old, when I fell in love with him). I haven’t honestly seen Dominic Cooper in many movies (for Sense and Sensibility I prefer Greg Wise as Wickham) but there’s something about him in Mamma Mia! that I really love. My impression of his personality showing through in the role definitely impacted the character in my mind who later became Des. Here are a couple of images to give you an idea.
Quite the charmer, huh? I think so.
I’ve also been introducing y’all to the other girls in the cell, one-by-one. Here are two of them, who play larger parts than the others:
The first is how I imagine Valentina looking- I don’t know who the picture is off, but the second I saw it I knew who Valentina was. She’s a bit more upfront of a character than some of the cast- at least, I think she’s a little more open. You can tell who she is right off by what she does in a crisis situation, how she tries to be strong/put others first, etc. At least I hope that’s obvious. Even still she surprises me at times. I hadn’t planned the bit about her brother getting shot until I was writing it and thought, “Of course she had a little brother.”
The second image is Abbie Cornish, in Sucker Punch. That movie….oh man, it rocked my world. I watch it whenever I can get my hands on it, and blast the soundtrack like nobody’s business. It’s…oh man. I don’t even know. It’s epic. One of my favorite movies ever, and the opening scene is by far the greatest opening scene in the history of film. Anyway. The character of Sweetpea, played by Abbie Cornish, is strong-willed and kinda kick-*ahem*-butt, but aside from appearance, that’s where the similarities end. Sweetpea is protective and, when it comes to her sister, selfless. She’s also not one to take risks that have little-to-no chance of paying out. My Phoebe is very different, as I hope I’ll be able to portray. Escape, and not the people around her, is what she cares about. She also dresses a little differently. 😉
I’m nearly ready to introduce y’all to Oliver, who I am super excited about, and Josiah Boyne, who is also….um, exciting. He’s a character at least. Though I’ve already let you briefly meet Zachariah Curram, I’m holding off from giving you my thoughts on him, and any pictures for the time being because I want his character to speak for itself. There’s a scene with him coming up that I am really excited about writing. I’ll post a second wave of character introductions a little later. 🙂
Thanks for reading! Comment and let me know what you think of the way I’ve imagined the characters, and let me know how your imagination differs!