It's sort of strange to think that I've begun a third manuscript when OLLIE's barely out the door and the second hasn't even been put in front of my agent yet. I can't stand being idle, though, so here comes the next story I've been planning for some time. It's another historical piece with a broken hero in love with another equally broken person. I suppose you could say it's my aesthetic! Interestingly enough, I've found that it really helps my writing process when I use visuals to plot out things like how characters look, or even how a certain scene might play out. In that way, I would compare writing to stage acting for the reclusive. There's still practice and research and learning and important dramatic things to resolve, but all without the bother of the big, scary stage! Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to get a look at some of the character sketches I've begun for this third story, which is currently titled The Pinniped Club (for explorative gentlemen). Strangely, part of the inspiration for this particular story was found in an antique shop in Savannah, Georgia. I bought this mysterious portrait of this handsome Edwardian gentleman and knew he had a story. Now I'm finally able to work on it! I hope it lives up to the task!
Over here are some more Eddie sketches (the bottom two), and then some concept sketches for two other characters. The other lead is named Francis and is the upper left character, while the upper right character is called Deidrick, and his look was sort of an accidental discovery while doodling the other two. But it helps having him in mind when I imagine his personality.
The lead character's name is Eddie Finch, but I won't tell you too much about him or else you won't want to read his story! But he's a pianist in the 1920's, which got me thinking about the talented but oft forgotten Ivor Novello. I thought he had such a beautiful face, and his features are the base for Eddie's looks. It helps having that to fall back on, especially when I'm trying to come up with little ticks and nuances, like the turn of the hair or the cut of the mouth, the nose -- what have you.