Guest & Contest: Lauren Hawkeye

Thanks for having me!

Quite often when I read a book, I superimpose a familiar face onto a character. It can be the face of someone near and dear to me, or the face of a celebrity, of even the face of someone that I just happened to meet the day that I started reading the book. Some that stick out in my mind: Grace in Brenda Novak’s Stillwater trilogy looks like one of my sorority sisters from university, Elle in Megan Hart’s Dirty is my friend’s sister. Anya in Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series is Elizabeth Banks. Cian in Nora Roberts’ Morrigan’s Cross is Gale Harold. Sometimes this influences how I feel about a character, but more often, picturing the character as this person changes my view of the celebrity/ person who has unwittingly been cast in my current read.

This happens when I write, too. When I wrote Lead Me On, Eric and Nate were inspired by Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family and Adam Lambert, respectively. Linda was my critique partner. Needless to say, it’s much easier to look people in the eye again when they HAVEN’T inspired your steamy story. Still, this combination worked for me, no matter how odd a mi9x it may seem.

What about you? Do you ever impose faces onto the characters that you are reading about? What are some that have stuck in your mind?

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Lauren Hawkeye is a writer, theatre enthusiast, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.

She’s older than she looks—really—and younger than she feels—most of the time—and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories.!/Lauren_Hawkeye

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Now it’s contest time. First, we have an epub copy of Lead Me On for one of our commenters. The only restriction on the contest is that the winner must be over the age of 18 due to the content of the book. To enter, just leave a meaningful comment or question for Lauren.  Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you’re chosen as the winner.  The contest ends on Wednesday, November 9.

The second contest is one that is being held tour-wide.  Lauren is giving away a Prize Basket containing a bag of Kicking Horse Coffee, Le Chocolatier chocolates, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. things, and several other goodies Lauren throws in. To enter, go fill out this