I was looking for inspiration for my newest book the other day, which always requires a trip through my collection of picture. Thanks to a couple very good friends, I have amassed quite the collection. LOL While I skipped through them looking for the image in my head I couldn’t help but wonder if you see the same person as you read. Not just my books, but for any book you read. Often, I will have a picture or collage on my desktop as inspiration for what I’m working on. Sometimes a simple picture can put me in the right mood, or if I’m trying to envision what a character looks like with a certain facial expression.
This is a picture I have for my current book. In my head, Brand and Nathaniel don’t physically look like this but it’s the feeling from the picture I find inspiring. I look at this and I can almost feel in intimacy and love between them.
And, this is my inspiration for Holly
She physically looks delicate and meek, but it’s strengthen by the ‘Don’t f**k with me look she is throwing over her shoulder. At least, that is how I choose to interpret her look ;)
It’s all helpful as I work on the story but as a reader, would you prefer to keep your own image in your head. We all have preferences for fantasy men and it’s easy to incorporate those choices into our own vision of a hero as we’re reading. Would seeing the author’s mental image ruin that for you or would you find that interesting? Do you look at the figures on the cover of the book and mentally carry those?
This was my inspiration picture for Vencel and Gaspar from Caress of Fur. The only thing better then one Joe in my head is two! LOL