This month our Hero Hunter Clare London is taking a look at… What we love about Artists in our fiction. Check out what she has to say…and don’t forget to let us know what you think…as you may be in with the chance of winning a kindle e-book from your TBR list.
What is it we love about artists in our fiction? I’m talking musicians, painters, writers, dancers, actors… all the glorious, creative arts in one!
Firstly, it’s Admiration, of course. An artistic career implies single-minded determination, often against strong odds, and often without any guarantee of success. How many books feature the struggling author, the misunderstood actor, the overlooked painter? Yet they’ve recognised their talent and their need to express it, and nothing will stand in their way.
Then there’s Wonder - at the concept of vocation, at their dedication, at their emotional involvement in their art. They so often have a strong, passionate personality that just needs to be eased away from the selfish introspection they’ve been used to. They have so much more to give than *just* their artistic talent. Our stories involve them venturing out into the world of other people – and other love. We want them to realise that their day *will* arrive, that their art *is* appreciated. And in our books, we have just the man to do that.
There’s Escapism as well, of course – the joy of reading our way into another world, where the characters don’t live a 9-to-5 life, don’t ever seem to do the washing up, often travel the world and meet the stars, and live only at the emotional mercy of their Muse. We have a chance to see the world of music, of art, of the stage, and from behind the scenes. We can see how the magic is created, how the show is pulled together. How exciting!
And finally there may be a hint of Jealousy involved. We wish we could perform or create in the same way. And even if we’re skilled ourselves, maybe we’ve never experienced the success or glamour that our fictional heroes have. With heroes in our pages instead, we can still share that thrill and experience.
To sum up - these characters struggle, they’re bad, they’re exotic, they’re volatile. And so often, the passion for their art spills over into physical passion! Is that what we love so much? The stories are a window into the world of men who give their all to their talent and have to learn to give the same devotion to their lovers.
I’ve never had any artistic skills myself – apart from being able to hold a John Barrowman note, as evidenced by the picture below from the UK Meet last weekend, taken by the talented Temple Dragon ( https://drtempledragon.wordpress.com/).
But I have written them! From the mercurial and tortured artist Zeke Roswell in TRUE COLORS, to the London cowboy and witty musician Riley Richmond in PLUCK AND PLAY, to the irascible invalid painter Gavin McGrath, visited by a muse from another century in MUSE.
Please feel free to visit them at my website www.clarelondon.com.
Note well: I’ve included a selection of covers in today’s post without any specific responsibility or recommendation – although many I’ve read and liked.
Please feel free to recommend any books you’ve read and enjoyed, featuring the creative artists we love to love!
Published: 26th June 2015
Blythe Harris was taking his first flight to the USA and hopefully a whole new client base for his bespoke upholstery business. An adventure for him, he was both nervous and excited to attract the attention of a handsome steward. Things might have gone further – if Flight HA1710 hadn’t failed.
Marc Stafford is a self-confessed player, and he used his charm to seduce his cute passenger. But in the aftermath of the crash, he’s struggling to recover his confidence. The TV declares him a hero for saving passengers, but at night his nightmares trigger painful flashbulb memories of the crash.
In an Irish hospital, Bly realises that although his broken leg will recover, his career may not. And in Chicago, Marc can’t face returning to work. Neither of them can shake off the memory of their brief, sexy encounter. Both of them need to be with someone who understands exactly what they’ve been through. And on a middle ground they can make all their own
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Meet Clare London
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
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