Not what…but who inspired me to write

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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?

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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.

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Lucas, my Tristan

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After all the bad news I’ve been getting lately, I needed something to make me smile. What better way to brighten my mood than sexy, male eye candy. I found these new photos of German model, Lucas Buchwald. He’s the young man whose face graces the cover of A Rose to the Fallen. There are only a few people in this world that I think have perfect faces and Lucas is definitely one of them. His body is pretty flawless too!


Photos courtesy of Seeds Management

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New Lucas!

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I don’t know if some of you are aware, but the guy on both the old and new covers of A Rose to the Fallen is a professional model from Germany named Lucas Buchwald. Two years ago, I mailed him a signed copy of my book and he sent me photos of himself with it. I spoke to him through email and he really is a sweetheart. He’s funny too! Anyway, I found a new photo of him still looking as gorgeous and “Tristan-y” as ever!

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Tristan makes Top Alpha Males lists

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Author and screenwriter Anastasia Blackwell posted a list on her blog from surveys of popular romance forums for Most Dangerously Jealous, Obsessive, Possessive Alphas in Romance Novels. My Tristan from A Rose to the Fallen made the list. According to her, “Crazy in love, jealous, obsessive, possessive males make intense romance heroes.” Well, Tristan’s friend Marco doesn’t call him a “psycho Brit” for nothing, and his brother Jake was spot on when he called him out for being obsessed with Bridget. I know the list is in random order, but it’s nice to be #1. She also mentioned Tristan last month in a list for Top Ten Jealous Alpha Males in Romance Novels. Yeah, I know Tristan has major issues. I like to think of him as a flawed diamond—beautiful and perfect on the surface, until you look inside and see all the ugly imperfections. I love my beautiful, flawed psycho Brit, and wouldn’t write him any other way.

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Reader shout-out!

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I haven’t done one of these in a long time. I recently read a post on Tumblr from a reader named Hanie. She says A Rose to the Fallen is her favorite novel and she loves Tristan. He’s her ideal man and she wants to meet her own Tristan. If she reads this… Hanie, I’m glad you enjoyed my book so much that it’s your favorite. It’s makes me feel good to know my book is someone’s favorite because there’s A LOT of books out there. And I’m happy my character has made an impact on you. I hope you meet your own Tristan one day. Thanks again!

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Angelic Tristan

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This lovely photo was sent to me by one of my readers named Katrina. She said the guy reminded her of Tristan. Neither of us know who the photographer is. I like the photo, but I think the only things missing are a few tattoos on the model’s arms. Then he’d really resemble Tristan. I do like the black bracelets he’s wearing. That’s definitely Tristan’s style. He’s fond of black bracelets. However Tristan looks to you, that’s the head you should imagine attached to this sexy torso. Thanks Katrina! I’m glad my character made an impression in your mind. :)

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The Other Tristan

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Before I chose German model Lucas Buchwald to represent Tristan Hathaway on the cover of A Rose to the Fallen, I was considering this mystery model. He was actually my #1 choice. One of the reasons he didn’t make the cover was because I couldn’t afford the stock photo at the time I was having my cover designed. Photos from GettyImages are expensive. Also, I didn’t think my designer could fix the lighting on his face and hair to work with the cover’s background. It was a lot easier to use a photo of a person taken inside a studio. All of Lucas’ stock photos I used were taken indoors. But this handsome blond was almost my British bad-boy and you could’ve seen his face gracing the cover.

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Toby Hemingway received A Rose to the Fallen

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Yesterday I got an email from Toby Hemingway’s mother Annamaria confirming he received A Rose to the Fallen. She said Toby sends his thanks for the book and wishes me lots of success. He wants to contact me directly, but he’s not sure when because he’s currently busy with work and traveling. I hope he packs the book along because I think those long plane trips would be the perfect opportunity for him to get to know Tristan. I asked Annamaria to ask Toby if he could send me a picture of himself with the book, so I’m hoping he includes one when he contacts me. If I hear from him, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

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Toby will meet Tristan

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Later today I’ll be mailing a copy of A Rose to the Fallen to Toby Hemingway. Years ago, Toby was my muse. I’m sending him my book as a thank you. He inspired me and if it wasn’t for him, I never would have written my first novel or published my first book. I’m excited and nervous at the same time about sending him the book. If there’s anyone whose opinion I value the most… it’s his. I have to give thanks to his lovely mother Annamaria Hemingway for helping me get the book to him. She’s so nice. Oh, and she’s an author too. Her book is called Practicing Conscious Living and Dying. I actually own a copy myself. You can visit Ms. Hemingway’s website by clicking below.

www.practicingconsciouslivinganddying.com

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Lucas meets Tristan

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Last week I mailed Lucas Buchwald a copy of A Rose to the Fallen. He emailed me today and said he received it, and he sent me some pictures of himself with the book. He was very excited to finally get the book, and I have to admit the feeling is mutual. Seeing his pics has been one of the best things to come from my book publishing experience. It’s almost unreal to see him holding my book with his face on the cover. I never thought I’d meet Lucas online, but I’m so happy I did. He’s a real sweetheart and has a great sense of humor. He told me he can’t wait to read the book and he’s curious about Tristan’s character. I told him I hope he’s able to relate to Tristan in some way, and judging by his pics, he already has Tristan’s style. I was surprised when he told me he likes motorcycles just like Tristan, but he prefers a black Ducati over Tristan’s green Kawasaki. I can’t disagree with him on that. Ducati’s are hot! I’m so glad I chose Lucas to represent my British bad-boy.

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New A Rose to the Fallen trailer!

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I’m happy to announce that Tiffany D. finished the mock trailer for A Rose to the Fallen. I think it’s beautiful and I love that actors Toby Hemingway and Kate Mara are portraying Tristan & Bridget. They’re my #1 picks if my book was ever adapted for a film. The trailer is more than I imagined; from the video clips, the captions, the music, and the special effects at the end. I’m truly impressed by Tiffany’s creativity and imagination. I actually started crying when I first watched it. I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for creating such a perfect trailer. My book is a romance with a lot of emotion weaved throughout the story. She really captured that in the trailer and brought my characters and their story to life.

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New layout!

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I finally finished redesigning my website. I wanted a change from my old theme. I’m using WordPress now and I think it makes my site look cleaner and more professional. I have a new contact form and I removed the deleted chapter from A Rose to the Fallen. I still have the link to The Howling Heart, but it’s under Novels. All my social networking sites are under Blogroll in the sidebar. I hope you like the new layout.

I just found out the guy on the cover of A Rose to the Fallen is a professional model from Germany named Lucas Buchwald. He’s absolutely beautiful! When I bought stock photos of him two years ago, I had no idea he was a professional model. I just thought he had the perfect look for my character. I’m so glad I chose him to represent Tristan on my cover.


Photos courtesy of Monique Zoellner and Paul Reitz

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