Fantasy Man Monday


I have a confession. I started out with my teen daughters loving the series of Grey’s Anatomy. We were faithful viewers. We would rush home on Thursday nights to see the next installment in the tv medical drama. We were there to giggle with the reveal of McDreamy, McSteamy, McHottie.

Then somewhere along the line we fell away. Like any habit we got “out of it”. Too much of the McWierd, McDrama, McOMG unbelievable happened.

Do writers of series feel the same way. How do you continue a 10 book or more legacy in the world you have built. Anne McCaffrey did it well with her Dragon Riders of Pern world and ensuing so-many-I-lost-count trilogy after trilogy. JR Ward does it quite well with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Fans are rabid for the characters. Sherilyn Kenyon does it…. The list can go on.

How do writers sustain and feed the flames of giddy fangirldom for such a long run?

I think it must be the characters. The intricate layers of personality and emotion within a well built world and finely crafted story.

Similar to our Fantasy Men each week. There is mystery and depth. I can look at a lot of fantasy men. Yet, they eyes draw me in to make the picture more. Often I have seen the photograph of a model and the ideas for a character have launched.

Take a look at Mathias Lauriden of Denmark. He is a sizzling sensation in the modeling industry, yes even high fashion. Okay I guess today is cougar day cause these ‘boys’ are pretty young.

The moment I saw him I recognized a character I had been thinking of.

And the second model I chose today…Sadly was promoted on another blog and I couldn’t find his name. I did a lot of model searches trying to find out his name and where they had copped his photo from. So, sorry mystery fantasy man. But those eyes… I had to show him.

(If anyone knows who he is, please advise. I like to give credit where credit is due.)

The men I have chosen over the course of a year plus for Fantasy Man Monday have a commonality. Their image is engaging. You see their face, their body and you see more…the visual representation draws you in and you ‘see’ a story.

I hope my writing work has the same qualities as my fantasy men. I hope to be able to sustain a readership through my worlds and stories as successfully as my writing role models have done.

What do you think? Is this quality craft that you can learn? Or is there an innate talent that some authors have and the rest of us will never ever be able to touch?

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19 responses to “Fantasy Man Monday

  1. Boy, you sure know how to pick ’em, Eden!

    Diana Gabaldon. Outlander, going on seven books. Still as enamored as I was with the first one when I read it in 1999.

    I stopped reading another author (who shall remain nameless) because ALL of her plots centered on someone getting kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery.

  2. Hey,
    did you find out who is the man in the picture with hood on?

  3. Hi! Did they ever get back to you regarding his name? I’ve searched everywhere and gotten nothing 😦

  4. that guy wiv the hood on is fiiit plz find out who he is

  5. it could be male model AJ…type male model AJ and check it out

  6. Thanks! Truly appreciate the effort/assistance! Did a Goggle Search for Male Model AJ and followed the link provided – it’s not him! I’ve searched high and low and there is never a reference to who he really is (which angs me as credit isnt being provided – neither to the model nor photographer) Frustrating! To top it all off, people are using the picture as their own profile pic on Facebook &/or Twitter. Again, Thank You!!!

  7. Ladies I’m not a member so will most likely never see any replies however your now about to love me! I found his name…. are you ready? Mathias Lauridsen. Here you are I’m kind enough to even send you a link https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=child%20model&psj=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1440&bih=785&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=X4yOT6DLEZKx8QPtsJDHBQ#um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=mathias+lauridsen&oq=mathias+lauridsen&aq=0&aqi=g9g-m1&aql=&gs_l=img.1.0.0l9j0i5.237437l242597l4l243641l3l3l0l0l0l0l90l249l3l3l0.&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=a1323b187e3f4cda&biw=1440&bih=785 enjoy!

    • You have to c&p the whole link… otherwise it randomly comes up with child models o.O

    • Rae was a diligent detective and found the name of our mystery model. He has many different looks, amazing work. You have to copy the entire link and put it in your browser to come up with his specific pictures.

      Thanks so much for your diligence.

      • Thank you very much for the work put into this, however, we already knew Mathias was the first model. The mystery man is the second model wearing the hoodie!!! So sorry as I don’t meant to burst anyone’s bubble nor make them feel bad as work was put behnd this effort. Sigh……..

  8. Cameron Bailey is the name of the mystery model!