When you write about women, what do you think about? Or maybe I should ask, who?
I know some of us on this blog often use actors as our inspiration for our heroes. We may post a picture of our favorite actor on our desk so that we can use it in our descriptions. Sometimes it’s not the actual actor, but a character he plays. At other times, it’s a compilation of several actors in one hero. For whatever reason, I need to see a picture of my hero in order to create him.
But where do we get our inspiration for our heroines? And does being a woman writer have anything to do with it? For example, while I’ve heard lots of authors talk about their hero inspiration, very few have ever discussed where they get their heroines (at least, not with me).
I know in my case, obviously, as a woman, I’m more familiar with how a woman thinks, feels and desires, so therefore, I often need less artificial inspiration for my characters. I don’t need to look at a picture and I don’t often get inspired by actresses for my characters.
In my head, I don’t create my heroines in my image, but I might create one who is a more perfect version of how I perceive myself. I can create a heroine who behaves how I wish I did in certain situations. She might respond to someone in ways I wish I could. On the flip side, I might picture how I’d do something and then do the exact opposite.
There aren’t many, but there are some male writers in romance and I’d love to know how they create their heroines and if they base them on real women or women from their imagination. In the meantime, what do you do? Do you create your heroines in your image?