Sep 1, 2011
Before Romance Trading Cards were popular, I'd planned to create some cards for my romantic fantasy series. This was literally years ago (The Rose of Shanhasson was published in 2008), but I was having a really hard finding my characters. I looked at thousands of pictures of smoking hot men, but none of them were right. In a word, what made this search so hard: hair.
All the warriors in that series had long (past their shoulders) hair. So even when I found a stockphoto that screamed the right personality and look for a character, I couldn't use it because it still wasn't right. I needed hair!
So I took a photoshop class, thinking I'd learn how to "paint" hair on a stock picture if I could find the right one, but alas, I have absolutely no talent in that regard. The few characters I'd managed to find the perfect picture for lingered in My Pictures, waiting for me to find a use for them again.
One of those pictures was this one:
This was supposed to be Rhaekhar, a barbarian warlord who'd never lost a challenge...until an outlander woman stood toe to toe with him and threatened to cut out his heart. Needless to say, he was instantly smitten. Even his clothing is almost right, because his people, the Sha'Kae al'Dan, wear short cloths about their hips. That smoldering look in his eyes: absolutely. The extremely muscular build... *drools* Spot on!
But his hair... *cries*
I'd forgotten about him, until I hired Book Graphics to create some website headers for me. Since one of my current projects is based on Maya mythology, I wanted to do an ancient pyramid, maybe a jaguar, and a really hot Mesoamerican-looking man.
Sigh. Here I go again, I thought. I'll spend weeks...months...looking for just the right picture...
And then I remembered Rhaekhar in my files. He's not exactly Mayan, but when Dawn put him up between the pyramid and the jaguar, he transformed in my mind into Tecun, the hero of my next Bloodgate book. If you'd like to see this header, stop by my website and flip through pages until you get one with a pyramid (the header changes dynamically). I absolutely love Tecun-Rhaekhar now, even without his hair.
And he does some very wicked things on that pyramid...
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