Details to inspire (& pretty horses)

DebE —  June 28, 2013 — 4 Comments

Those who have followed me for some time will know that I based Jonas’ horse, Chino, on my very own mini horse… Chino.

Looking gorgeous! I just adore this photo.

Looking gorgeous! I just adore this photo.

That’s him in his full-colour glory.

Now I want to introduce you to my inspiration for Llew’s Amico. I don’t know his real name. If I’d had a place to keep two horses, I would have done a little research into acquiring him, too.

Beeautiful!

Beeautiful!

What this photo doesn’t show is the tiny spot of chestnut on his shoulder. That sold him to me, I gotta say (if I’d had a home for him).

Of course, the fictional Chino is much taller and has a military background, & Amico has a history of carrying highwaymen. But having such a strong image in mind has helped me give both horses their own personalities in the books, even though they are clearly minor characters.

Both horses raised their heads as the pair approached the fence. Chino nickered, snorted and took a tentative step towards them before Amico rounded him up, threatening to nip his legs, and led him in a chase away from the couple.

Jonas and Llew grinned at each other to see the bold hack leading the warhorse in play.

Personally, I struggle to say my human characters look just like real people (horses are easier in that regard), but I think this is a great example of how character research can help us with our writing.

What about you guys? Do you keep photos of what your characters look like in your writing files?  Only human? Or animals, too?

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Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

4 responses to Details to inspire (& pretty horses)

  1. 

    Gosh, what cuties! ❤ I'm not really into horses but I think they're beautiful creatures. 🙂

    • 

      I’ve always loved horses since I discovered the rocking horse at kindy. But I’ve had very limited experience with them so, I admit, the full-sized ones scare me a bit now. Minis are great for getting over that. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to play with big horses again, too.

  2. 

    Those horses look so cute! In my writing I keep a file of what my characters look like and what their horses look like too. I’ve got a soft spot for sorrels and greys and long flowing manes – I have to remember to have some different varieties in there too.

    • 

      Ha ha. Oh yes, I definitely have a soft-spot for the patchy-coloured horses — Pintos and Appaloosas for me! I knew I was being cheaky putting both my main characters on them, but, meh! The other horses are more plain…

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