Not what…but who inspired me to write

A Dark Scandal, A Rose to the Fallen, Alex Pettyfer, Damien, Daniel Sharman, Love Addiction, Micah, Paddy Mitchell, Riley, The Howling Heart, Toby Hemingway, Tristan

Some authors are inspired by someone or something that gives them a reason to write a story. Creativity can be sparked from anywhere, anything, and anyone. I believe the possibilities are infinite. For me, I had several people—more appropriately termed “muses”—who gave me inspiration to write and they all had one major thing in common: they were all attractive British men I’ve never met. Something about them used to get my writing juices flowing like crazy. They make such appealing fictional heroes. Maybe it’s the accent, or the charm a lot of them have with us American women. With that said, allow me to visually introduce the muses who inspired my novels and short stories.

I think if it wasn’t for Toby Hemingway, I wouldn’t be an author. After seeing him in The Covenant in 2006, I devoted over a year of my life writing RP fanfiction with him as the hero, and then editing most of my fanfiction into an original manuscript. He was the muse who helped me self-publish my first novel, A Rose to the Fallen, and he’ll forever be my Tristan in my ageless dream cast.

I can’t remember when I became an Alex Pettyfer fan. I’ve liked him and enjoyed his movies for a long time. In 2009, he made such an impression on me that I imagined him as a werewolf when I wrote The Howling Heart. For my fellow Alex fans who read the book, I hope you picked up on certain physical characteristics about Riley that I modeled after Alex like his green eyes, the beauty mark at the corner of his mouth…or perhaps a certain tattoo?

If you watch MTV’s Teen Wolf, then you should understand why Daniel Sharman inspired me to write. Not only do I think he’s the most attractive guy on the show, he’s one of the best actors. He’s very underrated in the film industry, and I’d love to see him get more roles. Especially, the lead in a romantic comedy or drama. That’s why I decided to write my own entitled Love Addiction and pen Damien after him.

Last, but certainly not least, Patrick “Paddy” Mitchell is the youngest of my British muses. I remember seeing Paddy’s modeling photos years ago and I was so enthralled by his masculine beauty, I wished he’d never age, almost like Dorian Gray but without the curse. He’s the reason I penned Micah, the 1000-year-old vampire frozen in a 20-year-old man’s body in A Dark Scandal.