Friday, May 22, 2009

Falling for my hero: Sign that I am on the right track


“I think that possibly maybe I'm falling for you. Yes There's a chance that I've fallen quite hard over you”


You must have heard that line before. It’s part of the song Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg. There is something about it that makes one smile and feel warm all over. At least, I do. If I am going to describe how I feel about my new character Bors (second Knight in my Knight Brother series), that is how I’ll say it. Plain and simple. I am falling for him! LOL Okay, okay. I know. My husband’s eyebrows arched so high, too, when he read this (he’s my proofreader extraordinaire).


Anyway, what’s this falling all about? I’ve been working on Bors’s story. The bad Knight among the four brothers. He is a great brother, son, tough agent, partial to wearing black boots, curses a lot that his curse jar is always full, quick to apologize to his mother when he’s caught uttering foul words, and a great lover. No, he is not perfect. Not at all. For an agent he has a flaw that makes his family shake their heads in wonder.


When I write about him, my heart beats faster; I can feel him breathe, feel his pain, see him walk, hear him talk. I can see him looking at me with a devilish look in his dark blue eyes. His image is vivid in my head. It’s as if we’ve already met in person. Times like this, I know I am on the right track, that I’m not just finishing a chapter for the sake of finishing it. No, my words are not simply words. They are my emotions, whispers of my heart put into writing.


Like a woman in love composing a love letter to her lover, I am penning a story with a soul.


Have you ever felt like this toward your heroes? How can you tell if your character is flat?





Wicked Knight: Tristan, sold to Red Rose Publishing, is the first in the Knight Brother series. I don’t have a cover to share yet. Hopefully soon.


“Love, I want to be the one to fill your house with screaming little Julie look-alikes, I want to be the one to bring you our first tabby cat. I want to be the one you see when you wake up in the morning and before you close your eyes at night. I wanted to be the one. I love you, Julie Strawberry.”

                                             Tristan Knight


Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks soooo much for posting the name of that song. It's been driving me insane. Want to put it on my IPOD. YAY!!!!

Minx Malone said...

I love this song too! It's in a commercial that's been playing repeatedly on TV and I didn't know what it was.

I have definitely felt that way about some of my hero's. Those are the stories that end up being the best. Like you said, each word you write is infused with love so it's richer and more emotional than other things you write.

Great post!


Glenys said...

Tierney - this is so well said! If we didn't love our characters - even the villains (well, a teeny bit!) how can we expect the readers to? But heroes, well, they'll always have a special place in our hearts.....

Shirin Dubbin said...

So true. I think we have to be a little bit in love with our heroes to infuse them with real emotion, just like you said. Some of them do mean more to us than others though. My friend Monique swears that one of my heroes, Severin, is my dream man.

Pat McDermott said...

If your husband's eyebrows arched when he read what you wrote, I'd say you're on the right track :-)

Tierney O'Malley said...

Regina--You're welcome. :-) I've been playing that song all day long. My kids told their dad that maybe I have a boyfriend hidden somewhere. LOL

Minx--how are you girl? [[Those are the stories that end up being the best.]] Awww...thanks.

Glenys-- :-) You are so right. We must like our villains a little bit. Give them reasons why they're being such an ass. Make them humans. made me think. I got to go back to chapter two to tweak it a bit.

Hi Shirin--LOL That's what my husband said! Is he your dream man? He's definitely not me. Everything about this man is the opposite of me. Poor guy.

Hey Pat--Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, my husband said it's a good blog. *grin> How are you doing?

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