It’s so much fun to conjure up a hero when writing a novel. He looks just like I want him to look, down to the thickness of his hair and the breadth of his hands. I don’t generally use visual aids–my imagination does just fine, thank you. But when the books come out, readers often want to know who would play these characters? I thought about it and present, for your viewing pleasure, the gentlemen of Hadley Green.
For the Year of Living Scandalously, I wanted a very handsome, black-haired, green-eyed Irish hunk in the role of Declan O’Conner, Lord Donnelly from County Galway. I instantly thought of Pierce Brosnan. He’s a little old for the role now (although he’s not too old for me, hubba-hubba:
But check him out a few years ago:
For Lord Eberlin in The Revenge of Lord Eberlin, I needed someone who could be ruthless, but could also be devilishly handsome while being ruthless. it was tough, but I think Ryan Gosling suits very well. Imagine this man looking at you and calmly telling you that he will stop destroying your home in exchange for your virtue. Yowza. Hmm…home or me. Home or me.
In the upcoming Seduction of Lady X, (on sale March 27!) I was focused on Harrison Tolly, who is the steward of the Carrey family holdings. He’s a man of principle and conviction, he is the model of propriety. And he harbors a blazing torch for someone he can’t have. This one was easy. Harrison Tolly would be played by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame:
I am going to have to find one more leading man, as I am writing one last book in the Secrets of Hadley Green series. Look for The Last Debutante next spring!