Originally posted on Hunter S. Jones’s Dreams of the Muse
Romancing the Muse (The Night I Met Theodoros)
A gift from God: Ian (Scottish), Theodoros (Greek)
One autumn night, not long after I had decided to write my first book, Love’s Forbidden Flower, my muse appeared before me. His blue eyes pierced into my brain as if they were silently whispering, “I know where you need to take your story. Watch this.”
The scene that played in my mind did not match the one on the TV before me. My eyes closed off Damon and Stefan (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley from The Vampire Diaries,) as the muse whispered, “What would happen if whenever either Supernatural or The Vampire Diaries ended, one set of brothers took out the other?” Sam and Dean rushed in. Sam let Damon have it—nailing him square in the jaw and sending him flying back against a wall.
The action halted, and my muse (in the form of Damon, whom already reminded me of my character, Donovan) turned to me. “Now why is that nice guy punching volatile me, and why am I only half-heartedly letting him have it back? Makes you wonder a bit about Donovan, doesn’t it?”
Suddenly the character of Julian (a boyfriend to Donovan’s sister, Lily) was born, as was a fight scene. It turned out to be a very important part in the novel where we gain a little bit of insight as to how Donovan really feels about Lily and himself. This was the first of many times that I would be kissed by the muse.
I tracked down more of Ian’s work and found him in Lost. Imagine my surprise when it is revealed that his character, Boone, has something rather unique in common with my Donovan—the fact that they both are in love with their sisters. Again the muse had smiled.
In my upcoming novel, Scary Monsters… and Creepy Freaks, the character of Niles was heavily inspired by Ian’s roles in both The Tournament and Rules of Attraction. While Niles is nothing like Ian’s characters in those films, there was something about the way he played both their present and lacking emotions that got my brain spinning. As a result, I created a character with a few issues that make the reader rather sympathetic for him. A muse isn’t someone you copy; it is someone who inspires you.
Do I know why Ian (or as I think of him, Theodoros) is my muse? Definitely. Actors are very vulnerable people. Something inside me is able to see past the character and into Ian’s personal vulnerability. His inner monologue, (a very powerful tool that actors use,) fuels my creativity, thus making him God’s gift to my art.
See another post regarding the role of the muse here.