I’m a sucker for a sexy character. Be it in a book, film, TV show, whatever. This is why I’m such a fan of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, True Blood, Arrow, X-Men, The Avengers, Sherlock, too many books to mention… you get the picture.
I don’t have a type, either, apparently. Some of the characters I like are tall, others short (okay, mainly tall). Short hair, long hair, blue eyes, green eyes, brown eyes. Big nose, small nose. Wicked cheekbones (yeah, okay, I have one in particular in mind here). For me, it’s not just about the looks – it’s about attitude. There’s something about each of those characters that floats my boat, though I can’t always put my finger on it.
So when it came down to writing my first solo novel, Stately Pleasures, I had a couple of my favourite celebrity crushes in mind. I figured if I could visualise the sexy men in my book and found them attractive, then my female lead was bound to fancy the pants off them. It worked – Alice was attracted to Jeremy Davenport (who has an uncanny resemblance to Jeremy Renner) pretty much as soon as she met him. Her attraction to Ethan Hayes (looks rather like Jared Padalecki) wasn’t quite so instantaneous, but when it hit Alice, it hit her hard.
Naturally, it wasn’t enough for me and my lead female character to fancy the men. Readers had to like them, too. And fortunately, the feedback and reviews I’ve had so far indicate that they do – hurrah! Probably my favourite comment so far is that I had basically written one woman’s fantasy. Which she then followed up by saying as soon as she finished the book, her boyfriend grabbed it and was reading it instead of playing on his Playstation! What better compliment is there?!
For a long time, I’ve had someone visualised for my male characters as I write them. Someone I find hot, and it’s always worked for me. I don’t necessarily describe them down to the last millimetre, which is okay, as that’s when you run the risk of turning someone off. Their personalities just seem to come naturally as I write and again, so far I seem to be doing okay with capturing sexy characters with sexy, attractive attitudes.
I know I’ll never please everyone – it’s impossible. But if I can please myself, then finish a book and send it out into the world, then that’s half the battle over. A hot fictional guy is no good if he only ever lives on a writer’s computer, is he?
Alice Brown has just landed her dream job. Property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It’s only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it’s the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, things don’t get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what’s happened, Jeremy turns things around on Alice and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and head of security, Ethan Hayes, then throw an ultimatum at her, she’s so stunned and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal.
When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, though, she realises that perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. There are worse things she could be doing to advance her career, after all.
More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/stately-pleasures/
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9