Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Hey All! Hope you all will give a warm welcome to MV Freeman, a smart, funny and very talented author. Her debut book, Incandescent, is getting rave reviews. And after reading about her inspiration for her hero, it's no wonder.
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The Inspiration for Mikhail
Sometimes, I dream of my characters. Other times, they pop
up when I least expect it. Mikhail Petrov, the anti-hero in my current book, Incandescent, showed up one day in my
subconscious and refused to leave. I was watching the movie “Eastern Promises”
a film about the Russian mob in England. The main character, Nikolai, was
played by Viggo Mortenson. He was a man who played a dangerous game (I’ll be
obtuse, it would ruin the ending!).
What intrigued me was the charm and dark humor the Russian,
Nikolai, carried. It was different and I wanted to be able to capture the
essence of it. I have some clips showing Viggo Mortenson’s character and why he
appealed to me--the first is one where he drives the heroine in the movie home:
Mikhail is much like the hero in “Eastern Promises”. He shares the same charm
and dark humor, the difference is what drives him—desperation. He’s trying to
free himself and those under his command from the choking chains of a ruling
class. He’ll use anyone or anything to obtain his goal. Another difference—I
gave him a great power. He controls Earth, Air, and Water, it is his job to
maintain the balance in the weather over allotted area; something he takes
seriously. In order to do his job, he needs a strong forth Element, Fire.
Still, for all his nobility—Mikhail is an anti-hero. In the
clip below you see Nikolai (Viggo) preparing to prep a body for disposal (Don’t
worry, you don’t see him actually doing it in this clip). I included it to
again show the dark humor and how cool and lethal he came across. See what you
The film is filled with these amazing clips illustrating a
character who exudes power but not always by shouting. His intimidation is in
how he talks, his body language, and how he handles himself. In my book, I give
my hero paranormal abilities—but that isn’t what defines him. I try to show
this with his interaction with the heroine (although he does cross lines).
My anti-hero, Mikhail is pushy and at times rude, but when
he gives his loyalty and his heart, he’ll do what it takes to protect what is
his. Laurie is a determined woman who had to learn to know her own strength and
in the end, she’s able to handle someone like Mikhail but it almost costs both
of them their lives.
Tell me about the heroes in books you read, have you found
one that stays with you long after you read the story? Which kind of hero do
you like? Some like their heroes to be good men, but in books, I like mine to
I am giving a digital copy (Nook or Kindle) to one
Author Bio: M.V. Freeman is a
native of Minnesota, but calls North Alabama her home. She is a member of RWA,
and the chapters: Georgia Romance Writers and Southern Magic. By day her mind
is filled with medical jargon at the local health clinic, but at night she
finds herself exploring alternate worlds within our own. Heavily influenced by
Slavic languages and culture, you will find she weaves these elements into her
stories. Her award winning debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in a series.
She is currently working on the second book in the series while plotting
another set of stories. When she is not writing, she's reading, cooking,
throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.
Follow me on Twitter @MVFree
Some gifts are unwanted, and
Laurie Hudson’s affinity for fire is one she hates. It has destroyed her
relationship with her family and she has few friends. She’s fought hard to keep
the fire inside suppressed, living a low key life as a bartender, until a
brutal and charming man blows into her life.
Around Mikhail Petrov, her
careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool
demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Her options are taken away
when he kidnaps her, forcing her into a fight she wants nothing to do with.
As she learns to survive,
Laurie faces the hardest choice of all, her freedom or the destruction of the
frustrating man she’s come to care for.
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