Well, my newest anyway. I blame Molly Harper. I’ve always liked actor Tom Hardy. He’s easy on the eyes, has an incredible voice, and shares a name with one of my favorite classic authors. What’s not to like?
He was Eames in Inception. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. And then one day, I was watching a Star Trek: Nemesis replay on TV and I stopped in my tracks when I heard his voice. “OMG, is a young Tom Hardy starring as Shinzon?” Sure enough, yes.
And then I started plotting the first in my new book series right about the time I noticed Molly posting pictures of Tom Hardy on Tumblr, and that was it. I tumbled. Head over heels. Tom Hardy was the model for the hero in my newest book, Captain Connor Thorne.
If you haven’t heard about what I’m up to, I’m going back to my historical romance roots:
Sherri Browning Erwin’s THORNEBROOK PARK trilogy, set in Edwardian England on the Yorkshire estate where the Earl of Aberford resides, to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2013, by Stephany Evans at FinePrint Literary Management (World).
If you like Downton Abbey, welcome to Thornebrook Park. The first book in the series: Never a Lady
After the loss of her husband and fortune in India, Eve Kendal returns to England and learns about life in the back stairways when she accepts work as a lady’s maid in order to survive her change of circumstances—until a developing attraction to her employer’s brother, Captain Connor Thorne, throws her future at Thornebrook Park into doubt.
Connor, it so happens, is working out some of his war-related issues in the boxing ring. And on Tumblr, I found pictures like this one:
Swoon, swoon, and swoon. Matthew MacFayden (probably my least favorite Darcy) narrowly beat out Tom Hardy for the Darcy role in 2005′s Pride and Prejudice (with my least favorite Elizabeth, Keira Knightley). Can we all just close our eyes and imagine the Darcy Tom could have been? Also, he did play Heathcliff in a 2009 TV version of Wuthering Heights.
Well? Into Tom Hardy yet? Who is your most recent celebrity obsession?