Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Hero!


I had been looking for that man everywhere – on the Metro, at the grocery store, in the bookstore and on the street. A couple of times I thought I’d found him, but on closer inspection – well, you know…

So I turned to the internet. Oh, there ought to be a law! But it’s living proof of what my good girlfriend always says: “there is somebody for everybody!”

And then on the day when I least expected it, I found him! We were both at an event that lasted several days. I had ample opportunity to check him out. He was tall. He had a nice smile, which was good. He seemed to be a gentleman, which was very good. And then I made my move, even though he was with another woman. Here’s how it went:

“Uh, excuse me. I’m writing another book and you’re exactly as I pictured the hero. Can I take your picture?”

He realized immediately that I wasn’t trying to hit on him, especially since I had a just given the entire group the scoop on “From Dusk to Dawn.” He graciously agreed, and I lived to tell the tale, although I don’t think I’ll ever do that again. Blame it on moonlight over the Caribbean, but next time I’ll stick to a magazine.

Writers, how do you find the perfect image for your hero? Readers, have you seen a man on the street who made you say “that’s him!” (Not out loud, of course) (LOL)

13 comments:

Beverly said...

Niambi -

That was very nice and even better that he said yes - so you can have your hero the way you want him. :)

Looking forward to the next book (and the hero)

'Cilla said...

Sis... I am still looking for My Dixon Wildhorse from "Topaz". I can't believe you actually walked up to a stranger and asked to take his picture.. OMGoodness!!!

Great Food for Thought :-)

Linda Chavis said...

What Beverly said

Yasmin said...

Wow Niambi...YGG...great story and glad you got your man. ;)

Niambi Brown Davis said...

Thanks, Beverly and Linda; I'm almost there :)

Niambi Brown Davis said...

'Cilla, I always carry my camera and if I see him on the street, well you know I got your back! (lol)Actually, he was a semi-stranger, but still...

Niambi Brown Davis said...

Thanks, Yas; I guess that's exactly what I did! :)

marciacolette said...

You are bold. You go girl. I would've ended up drooling and probably making a fool of myself.

Most of my heroes are derivatives of movie stars. I might give them an extra feature or two, but that's about it.

Niambi Brown Davis said...

Marcia: That was my first and last attempt to go boldly where few have gone before (lol)

Donnica said...

HAHA!! That is funny! I'm still disappointed with Wesley Snipes in Disappering Acts. He was NOT who I expected Franklin to look like! AT ALL! LOL

Phyllis said...

YGG! I'm going to use your line next time...he doesn't have to know I'm not an author...but maybe the encounter will inspire a chapter for my personal memoir! ;-)

Dera Williams said...

I love it! That was so cool. The way you wrote it, I was expecting a love connection. But you were looking for your hero. LOL

Niambi Brown Davis said...

Donnica: Wesley might have been the producer's last choice too (lol)

Phyllis: I'm a romantic at heart, and can already envision the lovely re-telling of the tale:)

Dera: I'm so glad you liked it! Like Phyllis, one of these days it may come in very handy (lol)