I know, I know, you've seen this picture before on my posts. I just can't help myself. I'm tossing Becks out here because I'm going to see him tomorrow night - OK, me and about 25,000 other people. That's right, I'm going to a Los Angeles Galaxy soccer game. I'm a big soccer fan, and it has nothing to do with Becks - really, I mean it, trust me! My brother was always a big fan of soccer and went to Mexico for the World Cup in 1986. When the World Cup came to the U.S. in 1994, I went to a few matches at the Rose Bowl. Then I had kids, and they started playing soccer. It has now become their favorite sport to play. We watch all the "soccer" movies, like Goal, Kicking and Screaming, She's the Man, Gracie. We watched the World Cup games on TV when it was held in Germany a few years ago, and we all had our favorite teams (and were thrilled when Italy won it all with penalty kicks!).
My enjoyment of the game and my fondness for this particular soccer player, inspired me to write a romantic comedy about an English soccer star who arrives on the shores of Los Angeles, expecting to find fame, fortune, and accolades. (He finds all that, but more importantly he finds love.) I loved writing this book and had so much fun with it. I think it was special because my hero was fully formed in my head when I started writing the book. Usually, my heroes grow and change as I write them, sometimes surprising me at the end.
Has anyone from real life (you know, that other world that exists outside there somewhere) clicked for you as a hero? Did you see Johnny Depp in the POC movies, snap your fingers, and say, "there's my next pirate"? Did you drool over your keyboard as you fashioned Daniel Craig into your own spy? Do you envision Matt Damon as you crank out your action scenes?
Do dish about the men who inspire your heroes.