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Create Your Hero & Heroine

Hey all,

I was supposed to post these picks Saturday, but left for a scrapbooking weekend in the mountains with no connectivity (and no cell service) before I did it.


But here they are. These two were chosen out of 7 males and 7 females by the five of us here on RWKF. Now you get to do the rest! What we need is anything you want to tell us about them: name, age, background, family history, occupation, character traits, bad habits, strenths, weaknesses....etc.

We will use your suggestions to mold our charcters into shape and plot a hot, exciting on-line read for you all!

Check back this week to see how the characters are shaping up (in the comments) and then on Saturday for more news ... maybe even the first installment.


Blogger Joan Swan said...

Okay, I'll start us off here...

Hero: He looks like a hometown hero to me. A good boy. Football quarterback. The star. Spoiled only child to an older couple. His mother died when he was young.

Ian or Adam or Nathan.

Heroine: A bit of a troubled soul. But I'm not sure why. She's learned how to use her exotic beauty to get her where she wants to be. But I'm not sure where that is either. She's comfortable with her body, but shows off her hind end compensating for the smallish breasts. Maybe she's got a heavy sway to her walk, attitude in her step, heavy you-want-it look over her shoulder.

Alyssa or Bella or Katrina.

Help me fill in the huge gaps I've left. :-)

7:33 PM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

So what does the hometown boy do for a living? Of course, I want to make him a cop, but he doesn't really have that cop-look. Military maybe? Something to toughen up an only child?

And where *is* home? Did he stay or did he go?


I like Nathan. He looks like a Nate. :-)

3:59 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I think he looks like a firefighter. I like Nate though.

Her? Hmmm...Joan, I didn't even notice she was showing off her "hind end". ROFL.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

Hmm, firefighter is good! I watched this movie over the weekend about the guys who fight oil well fires. Very dangerous, lots of world travel involved . . . maybe that kind of fire-fighting?

What does she do? :-)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I think she looks like the cop. He could be a fireman, but not necessarily. I agree, he doesn't have a cop look :). She could be from a long line of cops, and struggling with the 'everyone in the precinct's little sister' syndrome :). And he could report something suspicious he saw on a fire call he went out on. Cop and fireman, there's apparently enough inter-departmental sniping between those two to take care of any conflict, LOL.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I agree, Nate is a great name for him and so is the firefighter job. He could be an arson investigator - very highly trained. She looks more to me like a doctor; sort of the antithesis of what she looks like in the bathing suit, gorgeous, highly intelligent, compassionate, and an "in charge" kind of gal. They can be conflicted coz of their type A personalities and their way of doing their jobs. I see her name as more of an "Adrianne" or "Eva" - something exotic to go with her look. She's traveled with world with Doctors Without Borders and has now come to town as some kind of specialist - pediatric cardiologist? Nate the firefighter can be investigating an arson/murder that could involve a child/ren at home who weren't the main targets. Or perhaps, one child survived and that's how she meets him. Give him a conflicted past with an ex-wife who left him because of his job (lots of divorced firemen/cops I've known!), but who pops up now and then for a triangle approach. How'm I doing so far? :)

12:23 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Wow -- lots of great ideas. Sounds like Nate is a fireman. Works for me (I do so love firemen) :-).

And I like her being a cop, that's not something I would have thought of for her. But I could live with a doctor, too.

And I love the name Eva for her.

Any seconds on those ideas?

9:42 PM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

I like Eva, too! I can go doctor or cop. :-)

Cop and fireman working a case could give us proximity.

Fireman and doctor could put them at odds, possibly -- maybe she has a traumatized pediatric patient who may be a witness to the arson case he's investigating, and he believes the child is still in danger?

He's used to getting what he wants, she's used to the same thing, adn right now they both want opposite things, maybe?

If she's not a medical doctor, might she be a therapist of some sort? I had a friend in college who was in art therapy -- she used children's drawings to help treat them.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

I like the opposition of the arson investigator and the doctor scenario you proposed. But a therapist would probably work better for the long run to carry the conflict through the book because as a doctor, she'll treat the child and release them. The therapist will continue to work with them.

So Eva and Nate.

Okay, we need conflict, people. Lots and lots of conflict. And start thinking about sexual tension while you're considering their backstories.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

The therapist angle could work if he's wanting to talk with the child and her instinct is to protect the child. Maybe the child is in some type of protective group home where she works? Then if the child is in danger, so is Eva.

Maybe her troubled soul comes from being an orphan or abandoned child who bounced from foster home to foster home and she sees herself in the child? Her background is then the polar opposite of his. She's comfortable with her body, but uncomfortable with her heart, with opening up to men for fear of being abandoned again.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Carol B. said...

Hmm. I'm having a hard time putting these two together. I don't see her being an Eva at all. Other than the Eva Longoria example, the name invokes plain, dependable for me. She's much too exotic looking, deserves to be a Cherokee or Fosca, or Isabella (Bella for short - Joan gets points here) or something ridiculous she hates like Swann.

This woman I get. She's beautiful and she knows it. Her whole life has been based on her beauty and where it will take her. She's obviously posing: the sultry make-love-to-me look for the camera, showing her butt and perfectly perfect makeup, nails and accessories at the beach scream that.

While she's made her living off glamour, haute couture runways and the fickle and sometimes cruel world of fashion, she's secretly glad for the smallish breasts and the fact she's NOT blonde. It's as if her genes rebelled against being typecast before she was even born.

God forbid she should have another trait that reduced her IQ another 10 points. Using her considerable smarts, she's developed an accessory line of affordable products (much to everyone's surprise - NOT high fashion) It's in her contract to wear them at her shoots and has amassed quite a store of wealth. Her personal style is more bohemian. Chunky bangles, gauzy shirts, jeans and embellished sandals. She often wears no makeup at all, a disguise allowed by flawless skin.

I like the Doctors w/o Borders thing. Maybe not a doctor, but a nutritionist? While others were seeing the panoramic vistas that were perfect backdrops, she saw the poor at the fringes of the crowd, the distended bellies and mothers w/o hope and vowed to do something to help. Working with a bunch of young models starving themselves did a number on her too.

Nathan? Yeah, that fits. I'll have to think about him a bit more and weigh in later today maybe.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Carol B. said...

Oh dear! I never made it back to comment on Nathan. Did I stiffle the creativity with my comments on Eva/Bella?

12:47 PM  

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