Thursday, June 10, 2010

Inspiration and Imagination = Books


(This is the actual pic I used as my inspiration for Kevin Springer in Winters' Thaw. Thanks to Ashlyn Chase and her yahoo group, ashlynsnewbestfriends.)

Have you ever had a "connection" with a complete stranger, or even someone you see on a routine basis, but never outside of that venue? I'm talking about that cute guy behind the counter at the store, a businessman at the airport, a client at the office, an actor, pics in a magazine. These are harmless thoughts, or even flirtations that are perfectly normal.

Yes, it's perfectly normal to sin in your mind.

Jimmy Carter had that right, oh so long ago! Um, I heard his quote in reruns when I was a kid, I swear.

So here's the thing, and I've said this before: writing erotica is the best job in the world because we get to live out these scenarios over and over again, going as far as our imaginations will take us. And then some.

Do I get inspiration from my DH? Oh yeah, you betcha. He's the hero of all heroes. There's a piece of him in every single hero I come up with, no matter where the idea is born, or who my muse uses to wake my imagination.

It's all book fodder.

14 comments:

Ashlyn Chase said...

I'm anotehr lucky author who can say she married her hero. He's the real deal and I dedicated my latest book to him, thus...

To my husband, for being the kind of guy I write about. Yup, these great heroes are real, folks--and I'm so lucky I found one.

Ash

Michelle Polaris said...

We romance authors are lucky indeed when we can both live with our heroes and use our endless imaginations.

Dalton Diaz said...

Hey, Ash and Michelle. Good morning! Yes, we have great heroes in our own lives, and it's still perfectly ok to fantasize. Do I want to hear if my DH thinks another woman is hot? Absolutely not! But I know it's normal. I also know that by the time I'm into a story, the hero is his own fictitious person, with no resemblence to anyone I've seen - except that piece of my own hero that always remains.

Wow, I'm feelin' awfully sentimental this morning, eh? Let's see if I can kick that by the time I'm home from work!

Dalton Diaz said...

And my inspiration for this was Jimmy Carter's famous quote. Go figure!

Wynter Daniels said...

I agree - we are lucky. I use bits and pieces of DH as well in my heroes - all of them. Good post.

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Katie Reus said...

I definitely use inspiration from my real life hero in all my male characters but I'll admit, there's this mechanic I used to go to who was the physical inspiration for one of my heroes :)

Mai said...

Yes y'all are some lucky gals to have married your heros. But for the reader we love your imaginations, because somehow y'all find a way to describe the man I want to find and be with. So thank you to your hubby and your imagination, there is still hope for us single gals, they're still some good ones left, lol

Dalton Diaz said...

Katie, that's exactly what I'm talking about. It's actually easier to mold these "unknown" men into the perfect hero. I don't want to really know any of them, or if for some reason they turn out to become a friend, I don't want that to happen until the hero they've inspired is their own character in my head.
The point is, it's ok to do this whether you're part of a couple or not. Whether you can act on it is up to you and your partner, and is absolutely none of our business!

Dalton Diaz said...

Wynter, yes, but do you get ALL of your hero inspiration from him?

Mai, he's out there. Probably wondering if there are any good women left. Yes to both! I have to believe your paths will cross.

Jina Bacarr said...

Fun post, Dalton. Like an artist painting his/her subject, we often draw our inspiration for our heroes from what we see.

And like the artist, we create our art, i.e., our stories, from how we react to that subject. Our backstory, needs, desires, etc. That is what makes each story unique.

Dalton Diaz said...

Well put, Jina.

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Dalton!
My husband is in every hero I write. His patience, sensuality, giving spirit...rock hard thighs and calf muscles...LOL! Seriously, though, he's awesome! My heroes may have chin length dark/blond/brown locks and Vin's body but the heart? All DH's!!

Great post!

Dalton Diaz said...

What, not Vin's hair?