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Thursday, March 01, 2007

I am in love with my new hero in "The Trophy Wives Club". Sometimes, when you write, you get to this moment where they cease to be characters, where you know how they'll act, what they'll say. And you like it. Oh sure, you dear reader, might think, well of course you like it Kristin, you're putting the words in his mouth. (And yes, this WOULD be very helpful with my husband.) But I don't feel like that. I feel like he's alive and he wants to love my heroine, but dang, if there isn't some serious baggage in his way. I thought of my ending today. I can't wait to get there, but oh how I must drag them through the mire before I can. I'm sorry Haley Adams Cutler, I really am, but he's worth suffering for, dear. What can I say? I'm a writer and I hear voices. And now, I'll leave you with this image. (Colin Firth) Kristin

And yes, my husband of fifteen years knows I am this weird. He finds it endearing actually.
Kristin  
posted at 1:17 AM  
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At 1:50 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Oh you HAD to do Colin Firth, didn't you? He's a hottie. Wasn't he the inspiration for Dr. Novak? Either way, he's a crush worthy character.

I LOVE falling in love with male characters, it's so fun! Sometimes you just want to hit the heroine over the head when she can't see it.

Great post Kristin!

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger Shauna said...

LOLOLOL!! So your husband finds your weirdness endearing? It's nice to know I'm not alone! LOL! Sometimes, when I'm in slightly-crazy mode, my husband just gets this little smile on his face - a look of love, I like to say! :-)

And my husband has accepted that I, and all the females in my extended family, are just a little bit in love with Colin Firth. How can you not be? He's Mr. Darcy!!

And Malia, I just love that feeling of falling a bit in love with male characters, too! It's probably why I will read almost anything, provided there's a little romance in it.

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I think we infuse our heroes with qualities of the men we love. My heroes always have a little of my husband and my son in them. LOL

And sorry girls, I just don't get the Colin Firth thing. I think he's wimpy looking. I like big guys with at least a little muscle.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

"I feel like he's alive and he wants to love my heroine, but dang, if there isn't some serious baggage in his way."

Okay, that's just hilarious! Spoken like a true writer! Great post, Kristin! And oh, that picture of Mr. Darcy . . . .

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Oh my gosh I so dearly love that pic of Colin Firth. I can't wait to read this book now!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I'm with C on this one. I don't get the Colin Firth thing. But to each his own . . .

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Enjoyed your post. I can relate. I felt this way about my hero in my upcoming Heartsong Presents novel.

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Okay, let me explain the Colin Firth thing. It's those smoldering, intense eyes of his! He can say so many things with just a glance!! Have you seen Pride & Prejudice? He can look across the room at Elizabeth and with one look portray all his turmoil or admiration or disdain. It's powerful!!! Normally I like manly men - I'm not really into the artsy, aristocratic, sit-at-a-desk-in-a-bank look. No offense. I like my men to have that rugged, outdoorsy, broad-chested, works-with-his-hands look. LOL! Or in any type of uniform!! LOLOLOL! But an exception MUST be made for Colin Firth. One look in those eyes and......melting! :-)

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Thank you Shauna, I could not have said it better. If anyone needs a lesson, please watch the end of Bridget Jones's II in the office hallway. If that look isn't one to melt your heart, you are heartless! Or in Bridget Jones I where he wants to kiss her at the end, and she goes in search of knickers. Sigh.

Okay, Mr. Firth is not my inspiration for Dr. Novak, Malia, that is Hugh Jackman. LOL Did you know he's 6 foot six???

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Oops! I knew it was some hottie. LOL Six foot six? Man, I need to spend some time on the mainland. Most of the men here are short, it's the Asian thing. I'd LOVE to marry a guy that's foot six! It's very rare for me to feel short, let me tell you, and that would do it nicely. :)

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Malia, when I moved to the country, I thought the men had eaten whole cows for breakfast. My husband was always tall here in the Bay Area, but sheesh, he was minuscule in the country. I think they grow them big there. I live with engineers. They're not known for being big. LOL

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger allen said...

As 6 foot 7 guy, I had to speak up...Hugh is actually 6 ft 2...

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Uh, Allen, I have to ask. How tall are most door frames? I'm serious! I really don't know. When I first read 6'7" I looked at my doorway and thought, "Hmm, wonder how tall that is."

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Well, he's six six in my book. LOL

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger CaliGirlDCE25 said...

ok, so my ideal man would be a perfect mix of Hugh Jackman, Colin Firth and Matthew McFayden (from the new P&P). Seriously.... mmm... i'm picturing it now. I love the post about falling love with characters. I was totally like that with Dr. Novak and George in Morgan's book.... ahhh.... lol.... Who was your inspiration for George, Kristin? he reminded me of that one actor who played the lawyer in "Le Divorce" who eventually fell in love with Naomi Watts....serious hotness in fictional characters.... why can't reality be that good??? :-)

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger allen said...

Shauna - A lot of doors are traditionally 6ft 7 in and I have become accustom to ducking through every door including the 6 ft 9+ doors that I clear. You can only hit your head so many times.

CaliGirlDCE25 - I think that reality is BETTER than fiction. In fiction, when the pages close, the romance ends. Of course, I'm no Hugh Jackman, but my wife seems to like me the way I am...tho maybe I should try a wolverine hair cut...hmmm...

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger allen said...

by traditionally, I meant older houses. Our first house upstairs had 6 ft 7 in door frames...most now are taller.

 
At 1:58 AM, Blogger Shauna said...

Thanks, Allen! I suppose as 6'7" you've become accustomed to making certain adjustments. At 5'2" (at most) I've made my own! LOL! I have to stand on tippy-toes to see...anything, peer around peoples' heads at movies, use a stool to reach plates from the top shelf of our cupboards...stuff like that! Heels aren't much better, but I'll take any inches I can get. Vertical inches that is! LOL!

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Allen, that must be a great feeling to be able to see over a crowd. Back in the college days, I bet concerts were great (unless you were sitting behind YOU!) LOL Here here for taller door frames. : )

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Nothing to say. Just laughing at ya'll.

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Loved your post, Kristin! Made me laugh. Altho, I have to agree with Collen and Denise, Colin Firth is a little too ... something ... the words mamby-pamby come to mind but I have a feeling I'd be skewered alive on this board if I wrote them and seriously meant them. So, I'll just say two more words to summarize my thoughts: KIEFER SUTHERLAND!

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

oops - Colleen! I missed the extra "e" in your name. Sorry. I hate that I can't re-edit my post. I've experienced the joys of editing this week, so darn it! :) :) :)

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Rel said...

You just can't go past a good Aussie bloke - and I should know I am married to one! Go Hugh! Although if you want a hunkier version of Colin Firth, check out the BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South with Richard Armitage!

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger Pattie said...

I'm SO with you on the Colin Firth thing. What a hunky pic you posted, too! Mmmmm. And yes, my hubby of almost 16 yrs. knows about my movie crush...

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Did someone say Kiefer Sutherland? Oohhhhh :)

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOL....I hear my characters talking all the time...not kidding. I literally "hear" their voices, their tone, their words.

Okay, I don't get the Colin thing either. Then again, I don't think Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise are all that either. Sigh.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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