Monday, January 15, 2007

When a man won't do what a woman wants…

…life can become very rough.

Take my latest tall dark and handsome hero. Gorgeous with a husky Greek accent. But do you think he's content? No way. Not even with his name.

"My name is Apollonides." His voice snarls inside my head. "And what's with the accent? You sent me to an English boarding school. Get rid of it."

"But you're Greek—"

"Her hands curled into his dark locks," he reads over my shoulder. "You got that wrong too. I told you, my hair is blond."

"But readers prefer dark—"

"I don't care. I don't do hair colour." There's derision in his tone. I start to bristle. Silence. Then, "Is this supposed to be me talking?" A snort. It sounds suspiciously like laughter. "Manhood? You mean as opposed to boyhood?"


"I get it." It's definitely laughter I'm hearing. Guy kind of laughter. "I don't every use to manhood to refer to my—"

I wriggle uncomfortably. "Don't say it!"

"Why not? That's how guys talk, all women know that."

I cover the screen with both hands. "Stop. I don't want you reading any further."

"Why the hell not? It's my story, isn't it?"

Right now I want to throttle this guy…whoever he is. Get him off the page. My page. Truly, I do.


Blogger Sadhbh said...

Tessa - what are you complaining about? He knows who he is and what he wants. All you have to do is listen to him! And what's that rubbish about a dark-haired Greek accent being sexy, I love blonds and accents are over-rated (can you tell I live "abroad" ;))
Tell him I like him just the way he is :)

9:01 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Thanks Sadhbh! Your reassurance is a help.

We're still wrestling. This guy has a mind of his own.

Today he told me I need to go see Casino Royale...told me...even Bond is Blond!


1:45 AM  
Blogger Shelley Munro said...

You know, Tessa, send him my way. I'd be very happy having him at my house ;-)

2:25 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

LOL! Shell...and I've been eyeing YOUR covers for how long...?


8:36 PM  
Blogger PG Forte said...

Ah, he's just teasing you, Tessa. And I understand you know just what to do about that. Hmm?

9:28 PM  
Blogger Sasha White said...

You can send him over to me...I'll let him be blond with an English accent...and I'll send you a tall dark andangerous hero, with a Canadian accent. LOL

3:05 PM  

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