By: Nikki Logan
Congratulations to "Kai", the winner of Nikki's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
When I first conceived Wild Encounter, the moment my hero, Simon, opened his mouth he was British. I didn’t plan it that way, he just decided himself. In fact, in my head he said his first line then lifted his eyes and looked right at author me, daring me to tell him otherwise.
Okay, so you’re British.
‘Stay down’ are the first words he mutters to the heroine and I could just hear them with rounded, polished vowels and a deep murmur. Such a great contrast to the gritty, hot, dangerous African setting. And hear is all Clare can do because she’s stuck under a filthy blanket, hot and cramped and terrified, so she pays a lot of attention to those vowels, trying to learn as much as she can about all the men that hijacked her and her canine cargo as she crossed the border into Zambia.
I love a ‘crunchy’ contrasty hero of any persuasion. A dark, damaged, troubled hero. I love the Jason Bourne contrast between Everyman and Assassin, or the Daniel Craig combination of suaveador and deadly. So a beautifully rounded SIS operative hanging out in the wilds of Africa really appealed to me. As if Clare isn’t disoriented enough, being kidnapped by a wildlife trafficker with perfect diction is just too much to comprehend. No wonder she gets so snippy.
And there’s a certain appealing arrogance about not even trying to put on an accent when undercover in the field. As if grammar school prefects were just littering Zambia’s seedy underbelly.
For me, the combination of protector|survivor|doer and educated|compassionate|intelligent is extra-specially delicious. If I’m going to get all hot and bothered about a man in (field) uniform then, my golly, he’s going to be the man of my dreams.
One-third Bond, one-third Bourne and one-third perfect fantasy man.
I can’t be the only one that just adored Daniel Craig as Bond for the opening ceremony of the Olympics collecting the Queen of England to escort her to her seats in time to open the games. As far as I’m concerned she might as well have been my Nanna, and there was this gorgeous, British protector-type so humbly waiting for her to finish writing her letter (aww…love him!) and he shepherds her the whole way in uber-protective mode, but when the tough job needed to be done he had no hesitation in shoving Her Majesty out of that chopper.
Love a capable man. And love him even more if he’s British. All restrained and austere and carrying a whole extra level of conflict because he really doesn’t want to get dirty at all. But he will, just like he pushed HRH out the door at 20,000 feet because he’s SIS. And that’s what they do.
90% of a British Intelligence Service operative’s day is paperwork. I bet that has perfect diction and well-rounded loops, too. *sigh*
[I have an e-copy of Wild Encounter to give away today to someone who has a bit of a thing for Brits too. And hot heroic types with rounded accents. Who is your favourite UK spy-type? Did you see Daniel Craig on the Olympic opening ceremony?]
Credit for the Daniel Craig image: By SPakhrin (Daniel Craig) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.
She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.
Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.
Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.
Author Website: http://www.nikkilogan.com.au