I’ve never had the opportunity to create a man before. I birthed a son once, but I had a pretty good idea how he was going to turn out, and anyhow, I didn’t have much say in the result.
Today however I received my AFS, which stands for Art Fact Sheet. Before today I didn’t know these even existed. I don’t know how I thought book covers came about. I think I just assumed someone would magically look into my brain and make it up from there (or, I dunno, read the book). Instead I get to fill in a very detailed document asking for what the characters look like, wear, any other visual elements and so on. It’s all rather fun.
I have a very clear picture in my head what the characters look like, especially my hero -who wouldn’t, that’s half the fun of writing. Of course he isn’t just one person (though Tom Ellis in Merlin comes pretty close).
Like a latter day, and slightly less gruesome, graverobber I’ve stolen bits of various different people. So he’s got J*’s lovely blue eyes, the dark, floppy curls that belong to K, that way of looking through his eyelashes that L does, the slightly crooked smile belonging to M, and so on. Which is all rather lovely in my head but probably less than useful for an art department. I’m half tempted to get a load of photos and make a collage but the resulting image would be more likely to send readers screaming for the hills than swooning with lust.
So I’ll fill in my sheet and attach plenty of links to photos online and wait with antic…pation to see what they come up with.
*why do X, Y and Z always get all the fun!