So, I was the guest author at a fabulous book club meeting on Friday. It was so much fun--the ladies were smart and entertaining (no, I'm not just saying that because they like my book...but it helps *grin*), and the hostess laid out a fantastic, Swedish-themed smorgasbord of goodies, from Swedish meatballs right through strawberry-rhubarb pie. There was even a bowl of my favorite Swedish fish gummy candy. Yum!
One of the things we talked about is who might play my characters if a TV show or movie were ever made. They wanted to know how Ciel and Billy and Mark look to me.
So, do you ever wonder how an author sees his/her own characters?
You could be surprised. It might not be anything at all like how you picture them while you're reading...and that's okay. I'm of the camp that thinks readers should have a little wiggle room in how they envision characters they choose to spend time with for the space of a book.
Now, if you've read In a Fix, you may notice that Ciel doesn't look much like she's depicted on the cover of the book. Though, of course, she could if she wanted to, being an aura adaptor and all. This may come as a surprise to you, but cover artists don't always go by the character descriptions given by authors. And the marketing department sometimes decides long, red hair on covers sells better than short, strawberry blond hair. Or something. Whatever. I still like the cover.
Frankly, nobody I know of looks exactly like any of my characters, because, to me, they look like themselves. But for those of you who are curious, here are some "types" that are close:
Hannah Spearritt (whom you may recognize from the SciFi TV series Primeval) is similar to how I picture Ciel, in this picture at least. Though, of course, Ciel has greener eyes and a few more freckles.*
Now, Billy's type is shared by a few celebrities as well, though, as with Ciel, neither looks exactly like him. There's Matt Bomer (of the TV show White Collar):
|Photo courtesy of "Nightscream" on Wikimedia Commons.
Or Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries and Lost):
|Source: By vagueonthehow from Tadcaster, York, England (Ian Somerhalder Uploaded by MaybeMaybeMaybe) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Now, Mark is a bit more serious, more of a tough guy. Like, say, a young Steve McQueen:
|By Charles Guggenheim; John Stix [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Or possibly a younger-than-now Daniel Craig:
|Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderferret/175471084/
Do you picture characters vividly as you're reading?
For the writers among you, do you ever have a real person in mind (celebrity or otherwise) while you're writing a physical description?
If you've read In a Fix, is your vision of Ciel, Billy, and Mark close to mine?