I think most writers gather certain muse-y things about us when writing novels. Be it a special soundtrack on your ipod, a painting or photo that moves you, or even the traits of real people, usually some characteristics get locked in along the way as we progress in our stories.
Here are some of my muses for God’s Daughter. Here’s how I pictured my main character, Gudrid. SORT OF! I haven’t found the perfect face for her yet.
(This is Amanda Seyfried, from Letters to Juliet.)
For Gudrid’s husband, Finn, I kinda pictured this guy, only with longer, curlier hair. (I’ve showed you this one before) This guy is a Scandinavian actor of some kind:
And for the illustrious Leif Eiriksson, I needed an uber-male…i couldn’t find a great photo until I finished writing my book. And here he is:
Yes, this is some guy named Clay Matthews, an NFL player of some kind. As you may guess, I know nothing about the NFL, but quite a bit about inspiration. Runner-up for Leif was:
Yup, it’s Kellan Lutz from a famous movie series based on a book series…now WHAT series could that be? Something about vampires?
Sometimes, you just can’t find a photo of what you’re looking for. I can picture Aurora (from Otherworld) so vividly in my head, but haven’t found a photo capturing her red-headed gloriousness yet.
I even have theme songs for Leif and Finn loaded onto my ipod, for inspiration as I stare at the wall on my elliptical machine. I won’t release the details on those yet, but IF a movie’s ever made, listen for the soundtrack!
It’s interesting to see how the movie version of books often changes things that were probably vivid to the author, such as hair-color or eye-color. I won’t even go into how disgusted I am with the makers of Percy Jackson for changing the haircolour of Annabeth from blonde to brown. HELLO! Did you even read the book??? Same for the dude who tried to remake The Bionic Woman TV series, and he never bothered to watch the original with Lindsay Wagner first. Well, here she is, you dolt, and that’s why your series bombed:
But I digress.
**Do you, as a writer, have muses you turn to while writing? Music? Photos?
**Do you have any favorite movies based on books that totally captured the main character JUST as you imagined him/her?