When I write a novel, I always scan the screen for likely people to inspire my characters.
I will spend time watching their movements, how they speak, trying to pick up nuances that build brick upon brick.
So these are the faces/actors whose work helped me with Reliquary…
Soeur Cécile – Helen Mirren
Henri de Montbrison – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ariella de Guisbourne – Eleanor Tomlinson
Adam of London – Alan Tudyk
Tobias Celho – Peter Dinklage
Guy of Gisborne – Richard Armitage
Saul ben Simon – Colin Firth
Gisela of Peslières – Emma Thompson
Gelis of Mons – Nicola Coughlin
Gervasius of Mons – Brian Blessed
Amée de Clochard – Adele
Petrus – Dolph Lungren
Gilbert de Tremelay – Iain Glen
It might only be the eyes. Or the way they turn their heads, or their body shape and how they use their hands. It’s never the whole person.
Do you ever see faces in the characters you read about? Faces from the screen?
Or do you create a composite character in your head as you read? Relying totally on the slightest little hint from the author?
Let me know…