I never used look at pictures of people to find inspiration for my characters. Because in my head every hero looked like either Matt Damon or Ben Affleck. But with my hockey heroes for the Crooked Creek books, I started to need inspiration. For Luc in Can't Buy Me Love - it was easy. Steve Yzerman. Those sharp features, elegant but masculine. Shoe-in for Luc.
Eli, the hero of Can't Hurry Love, isn't a hockey player, he's a cowboy. Surly and broody. I couldn't use Ben Affleck, he's too pretty. So I decided on Russell Crowe. Younger Russell Crowe.
Now, Billy, the hero of Crazy Thing Called Love, posed a huge problem. Billy has a scar from the corner of his lip down to his chin, that distorts his smile. And let me tell you, looking up pictures of men with facial scars is not a good time. Originally, he was modeled after David Semenko, who was basically Gretzky's bodyguard on The Oilers. Gretzy got to be great, in large part because Semenko protected him. This mirrored the dynamic between Luc and Billy. But Semenko is not handsome. In any photo.
So, I went with pretty boy Mike Fisher. Because honestly, he's so pretty. Now, imagine a scar at his lip and you've got Billy. What do you think? Should I have picked a prettier hockey player? Is there one?
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