Question – Do You Ever Picture A “Bob” You Know?
Has this ever happened to you? You are starting a new book. The heroine suddenly spots what can only be described as a vision in perfectly fitted jeans. She describes him as being tall, well muscled with dark hair and eyes so blue you can see the color from across the darkened room. She finds him so hot, she can’t stand it. And with that description, you are finding him hard to resist too.
Finally, your heroine falls into conversation with the perfect male specimen she so yummily described in earlier pages. Then he introduces himself. His name is Bob.
Suddenly your image of him changes. He warps into a balding man with a horrible comb over, a beer gut the eyes the color of barf. Oh no! In your mind, he’s becoming your uncle Bob!
Luckily I have never had this happen to me to that extent. But the color of hair or the voice changes in my mind if my hero or heroine’s name is the same as someone I know well. For example, I have trouble picturing Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series’ Jason the way she writes him because instead I imagine a shadow of my husband. Same with heroes who have my brother’s names or heroines with my name.
But how about you? When an author names one of her characters “Bob” (or whatever), do you picture a “Bob” you know?