I doubt that there are many folks who don’t know the value of a first impression. That saying your grandmother repeated over and over—you’ve only got one chance to make a first impression—may be a truism, but it’s also, well, true. As much in life as in stories.
I mean, think about someone like Indiana Jones. If we’d met him in the classroom first, would we have ever believed that he was the swashbuckling hero?
In my Stark Trilogy, Nikki is struck by her first impression of Damien. And, I hope, readers are struck, too!
He is Jason and Hercules and Perseus— a figure so strong and beautiful and heroic that the blood of the gods must flow through him, because how else could a being so fine exist in this world? His face consists of hard lines and angles that seem sculpted by light and shadows, making him appear both classically gorgeous and undeniably unique.
His dark hair absorbs the light as completely as a raven’s wing, but it is not nearly as smooth. Instead, it looks wind-tossed, as if he’s spent the day at sea. That hair in contrast with his black tailored trousers and starched white shirt give him a casual elegance, and it’s easy to believe that this man is just as comfortable on a tennis court as he is in a boardroom.
His famous eyes capture my attention. They seem edgy and dangerous and full of dark promises. More important, they are watching me.
What characters in books or movies captured your attention the first time you met them?
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner has written over 40 books under multiple names including Julie Kenner and J.K. Beck. Her newest release, CLAIM ME (April 23, 2013), debuted this week at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. Claim Me is the second book in the bestselling Stark Trilogy, which began with RELEASE ME, continues with CLAIM ME, and which will conclude in July with COMPLETE ME.
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