Friday, January 23, 2015

People Who Resemble My Characters

Back in May 2011 I wrote a similar post “Men Who Resemble my Characters” (if you check out that post, you’ll notice I mention my WIP, “Memories.” Well, that became My Sunny Vampire. And that other book I mention, “Sarah’s Turn,” is dead in the water. See… a lot can happen in 4 years!). That post has become my most popular, view-wise. How popular? Well, since then, it received 882 page views.

Okay, I can hear some of you now. “882? Is that all?” I know, that’s not a whole lot (Believe it or not, I don’t get THAT many visitors to this blog). But to put that in perspective, the second most popular post received 252 page views (from September 2013). Third place received 248 page views (from October 2013). In my top ten there aren’t ANY posts that come close to being that old, either. So yeah, it was popular.

And I’m sure it had a lot to do with the two pictures on that post. I mean, who doesn’t like seeing Alex O’Loughlin and/or Brandon Routh? Okay, what FEMALE doesn’t like seeing Alex O’Loughlin and/or Brandon Routh?

While I'm not posting their pictures again, I thought maybe I could create another popular post and show you some more people I’ve discovered who have resembled characters I’ve created. Will it work? Only time will tell... 
captain america
John Pennington (from Bite Me, I’m Yours and the ill-fated “Sarah’s Turn”) had gone through many formations in my head until I saw Captain America. Oh. My. God. That was John! Not just in the looks, but in the way he acted. So yeah, now I’ve got a little fixation on Chris Evans (sorry, Alex—although you’re still number one).

Rob Gentry (my character from Ghostly Liaison) took on an eerie resemblance to a former boss of mine (which I do NOT have a photo, and yes, he was hot!). It was really awkward since I was still working for the guy at the time AND writing the book. It’s not something I recommend. Sure made it hard for me to focus on my work. Shoot, he probably wondered why I was always staring at him… J

The most recent discovery of one of my characters came from my last cruise. I was just standing there, waiting for the muster drill before the cruise set sail, when I looked at one of the “instructors” who was demonstrating the life vest. It was Victoria Braeden (my character from Blind Temptation).
Actually, her name is Natasha, she was one of the singer/dancers for the production numbers, and she’s from England. I tried my best to get her picture (because I was too stupid to do it during the muster drill—doh!). Out of all the ones I took, this one was the best. But let me tell you, I was obsessed with her on that cruise. I felt like I was cruising with Victoria!

Okay… Now that you know what a total nut job I am, why don’t you stop on over at CD Hersh’s blog. I’m over there “talking” about how I came to write Ghostly Liaison. The link to the post is HERE. I’m not giving away any prizes, but could sure stand to see a familiar name (and I’m sure the Hersh’s wouldn’t mind having a visitor or two, either).

So… Do prizes get you to go visit a blog? They don’t for me. Most of the time I don’t want the prize, so then I don’t comment. So I just don’t do giveaways on guest posts. Maybe one day, when I’m rich and famous… Nah.

Have a great weekend!



JeffO said...

Contests and giveaways do not particularly entice me, I must say.

Out of curiosity, because I haven't read your books--how much space do you give to describing the characters? Is it important for you that readers see the character the same way that you do (knowing, of course, that we never truly can)? I don't spend a huge amount of time describing my characters.

Love the dress on Natasha. She's got a bit of a 50s vibe going.

JeffO said...

Oh, and my top post seems stuck at 300, so you're getting a lot more views than I!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - My descriptions are...vague. Hair and eye color are given. Height and size are relative to the character's POV. Heck, I never even realized I had a clear picture of Victoria in my head until I met Natasha. I was flabbergasted.

Oh, and regarding her dress... She had just finished a number that I believe was set in the 50s or 60s. Yep, she was still in costume. The whole cast had just brought the dancing out into the atrium.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Prizes don't usually draw me to blogs either. That is weird when you see someone who looks like one of your characters, though! I saw a girl who looks just like Bethany at Marion's once. So weird!

Erin Kane Spock said...

My all time most popular post is called "Your Look" and has a pic called sexy secretary. It inspired me to write my second most popular post, "Titles Matter Hot Asian Dating Viagra For You" which has pics of Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and a sheep. On average I get about 12 page views per post (not a lot) and very few (you included, thank you) comment.
I don't want the prizes either, so that doesn't draw me in. Because I like comments, I tend to leave comments (karma). I have no idea what to do to get a greater viewership.
BTW, that pic of Victoria is awesome. Could almost be a book cover.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - And you probably kept staring at her, too, huh? I'm sure Natasha thought I was a nut job. She DID notice I was taking her picture, though. I have one of her pointing at me. Haha! :)

Erin - I took "tons" of pictures of Natasha and they were all blurry (because she was dancing). When I saw that one it was really eerie. Everything else around her is blurry but her face. It's like I did it on purpose. But believe me, it was all luck!

Michael Seese said...

Prizes don't inspire me. I come for the content.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - And I'm honored you choose to read mine. :)