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FIVE UNLIKELY FICTIONAL CRUSHES
It's February and love is in the blogosphere. When I look at the guys in my books, Michael in TAKEN BY STORM, UNBROKEN CONNECTION, and CAYMAN SUMMER, and Scott and Derek in SING ME TO SLEEP, that my readers are kind enough to crush on, I know I owe a lot to heros from my reading past that I fell head over heels in love with.
When I first started writing Michael and Leesie's love story, I got feedback that the romance was awfully old-fashioned. I'm so grateful that Stephanie Meyers brought back and old-fashioned heroes. My heroes would not have seen print if her heroes hadn't radically changed publishing--especially YA and romance.
The old-fashioned heroes that are an integral part of my writerly psyche are probably fictional crushes you'd never expect or never even heard of.
I think Ged from Ursula LeGuin's THE WIZARD OF EARTHSEA trilogy was my first ever fictional crush. This is a classic fantasy adventure, with only the barest hints of romance in the second novel (the fourth novel that features a love story was published later), but I fell in love with Ged and read it over and over and over. Ged, a humble boy with great natural power from a poor island of fisherman, goes to Wizard school, acts on a dare, and spends the rest of his life chasing the evil he unleashed on the world.
Next, enter Prince Andrei in Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE. I contend that WAR AND PEACE is the most romantic love story out there. Every time I read it, I want Natasha to not be such a fool and marry him this time, but she always falls for that evil Kuragin. And then I want Andrei to survive his wounds. I'm always brokenhearted afresh. I would love to see a new movie made of from the most amazing novel ever written.
Captain Wentworth in . I know, I know you all adore P&P. I do, too. But Captain Wentworth is way hotter than Mr. Darcy--at least I think so. Maybe I like Capt. Wentworth best because I also adore 's and anything to do with tall ships.
I also love all of romantic heroes in her old romantic suspense novels that she wrote before her Merlin books (CRYSTAL CAVE, etc.). It's hard to choose a favorite crush, but Mark in THE MOONSPINNERS is wounded and needs makeshift nursing, so I think he gets my heart the most.'s stoic British
And, last, but not least, Aquila in Aquila's sister is stolen by invading flaxen-haired Saxons, and Aquila's ability to love is hampered by pain, thirst for revenge, and a marriage of political necessity. His personality heavily influenced the character in my historical novel, MY ONLY LOVE, that I've now signed with an agent (YAY!!), and she's working hard to find it a publishing home.You can read the opening chapters of MY ONLY LOVE on my website's WIP page. Does Will feel crushable to you? 's THE LANTERN BEARERS, third book in the EAGLE OF THE NINTH sequence. I'm excited to see the new movie, THE EAGLE. I suspect it's based on the first book in the series. I would love it if they'd make all three.
I'd love to hear about your fictional crushes. Please tell all in your comments!
Thanks so much, Brandi, for inviting me to take part in this very special event. If your followers have any questions for me, I'd be happy to stop by and answer them.
All my love,