>I first met Terri Brisbin about eight years ago on a loop she’d started called Rising Stars. Later we met via an online chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). When we finally met in person at a RWA book signing I was so impressed with her. She’s gracious, sweet, personable and genuine. Please welcome Terri for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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Finding Inspiration to Write, AKA I Love Gerard Butler!
Hello everyone! And thanks Monica for letting me participate in this fun event leading up to release of PLEASURE ME. I already have my copy reserved at my local bookstore and can’t wait to read it…!
Since writers are always asked why they wrote a certain story or if there’s a person who we base our characters on, I thought I’d chat a bit about the inspiration for the hero of my upcoming March release – His Enemy’s Daughter.
In a word…or, actually a name, Gerard Butler.
Ever since I first saw him in ATTILA THE HUN, I have been searching for just the right story or character to base upon him. But, his role as the Phantom really sealed his fate for me. I remember watching that movie and being stunned that Christine chose Raoul over Erik. I mean, really?! I going to give her some leeway because she was so young and. . . stupid, but to me, there simply was never a choice – Erik/Phantom wins everytime. And, according to comments I overheard in the Ladies’ Room after the movie, 9 out of 10 women agreed with me.
So, I took that character, a brilliant, promising man, damaged and driven a bit mad by it all, and created my hero – Soren Fitzrobert. He was known all his life as the ‘beautiful bastard’, one of three illegitimate boys fostered and raised by a nobleman who come to fight for William the Conqueror in hopes of gaining lands, riches and titles. They do, but Soren is struck down during the Battle of Hastings and should have died from his injuries. Instead, fed by the rage for revenge, he survives—but he is disfigured and wounded and now, people turn in fear from his appearance. Text
His Enemy’s Daughter
Soren Fitzrobert, ‘the Beautiful Bastard’, had been left for dead on the field after the Battle of Hastings and survived by sheer force of will. . . and the need for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that he was. When the only one left bearing the name of his enemy is the man’s daughter, she becomes his target.
Sybilla of Alston has lost all—her brother and father in the battles for control of Britain and now her eyesight as her father’s worst enemy captures her keep and her. Fighting to survive, she never dreamt that beneath the disfigured warrior was a man who could tempt her mind, her body and her soul.
As the war comes to an end, the battle between them heats up as they each discover that they must rise from the ashes of their past and find the person they should become or risk losing their only chance at love.
The Knights of Brittany —
Again, going back to Gerard in PHANTOM (and to the hero in one of my all-time favorite romances – NEVER CALL IT LOVING by Gail Link), I used his appearance as inspiration – half his face is still as gorgeous as it was, the other half is torn and marred, and hidden by a hood he wears. So, while other men carry their conflicts inside, he wears his every day for all to see.
Of course, he may think his conflict is about his appearance, and he uses it to scare others into obedience and to drive a wedge between himself and those who would get close to him, but this story is really about Soren’s search for the man he truly is. . . rather than the one he thought he was. Sigh. . . . And yes, the heroine is up-to-the-task of standing up to him and being the one who forces him to see his truth when she cannot see anything at all – she’s blind. Though unable to see him, she serves as an emotional mirror for him to see his own weaknesses, desires and needs.
As a reader, do you prefer the in-your-face kind of hero, the alpha who knows what he wants and pursues it, or the dark-and-tormented hero who is his own worst enemy?
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A National Readers’ Choice Award and three-time RWA RITA® finalist and winner of the Golden Quill, Terri is now working on more romance novels and novellas for release through 2012 from Harlequin Historical and Kensington Brava. You can visit her website for more info about the author and her work or to contact her website.