The Ninja Vampire's Girl came out last week in electronic form. You can find it at your favorite online retailer. I thought I'd chat about about how I create my characters. When I start a story I have to have the characters in mind before I can find the words to make them move. And that character needs a name. I had already been working on a Nocturne (Ashes of Angels) in the Of Angels & Demons series and knew that heroine had a sister named Coco. Make that Rococo. (Their parents had a thing for 18th century Europe.) So Coco Stevens became the heroine of this short story. I had a few details on her from her sister's story, but wasn't sure what she looked like. I'm very visual, and like pictures on my computer monitor, right alongside the page as I type.
As for the hero, okay, I admit it, I've always had a thing for Spike, and really, it's not Spike acting in the role of Zane, my vampire in this story. But I do like his appearance. So imagine Spike, except give him a scar from forehead, through his left eye, and down to his cheek. Then add a twist of Jude Law, and that's my guy! [Can we please just take a moment to admire the pic of James Marsters below? The man is a god. No question.]
When you read a book, do you cast the characters and imagine them as movie stars or otherwise when reading? Do you like knowing who the author had in mind when writing the story, or would you rather come up with your own cast?
I have an electronic download of THE NINJA VAMPIRE'S GIRL for one lucky commenter, so let me know what you think in the comments! [Winner announced Saturday.]