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I’ve had crushes on actors since I was a child. Multiple crushes. I still have them. There’s something about watching the je ne sais quoi of specific actors that makes my pulse go up and my imagination go into overdrive.
Being in love with an actor and having that love reciprocated is one of my top fantasies.
Makes sense this would be the set-up for my debut novel, Take Two, doesn’t it?
My first crush was Michael Landon as Pa on Little House on the Prairie. In my imagination, I was Laura and he was, well, my pa. I dreamed about me and pa on the prairie - I even had an imaginary friend named Magic Girl who came out of that world. Magic Girl, Pa and I would stand together and protect our homestead against fire and bandits and whatever else attacked our home.
About the time I hit puberty, reruns of Bonanza became part of my TV diet. Michael Landon morphed into his younger self as Little Joe. I’m not one bit embarrassed to admit that Little Joe became my boyfriend.
As a young girl, I played the field, that’s for sure. I was not loyal to one actor. There was Ponchorello from CHiPs, blond Bo Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard, Shaun Cassidy from the Hardy Boys (I liked that show better than Nancy Drew because of him), and Patrick Duffy - the one and only - Man From Atlantis. For years I mimicked his dolphin swim in our backyard Doughboy swimming pool.
And how can forget Scotty and Sulu from Star Trek? And Luke from Star Wars? Those men took me to the stars.
I have to say, for the record, my parents didn’t even allow me to watch much TV. For most of my younger years we lived in more rural areas and we had rabbit ears on the top of our set. Programs may or may not be viewable on a given hour. Honestly, I have no idea how I managed to become so enraptured by these TV actors when I was only allowed to watch a few programs a week in total.
Maybe my developing brain connected the forbidden and exciting act of watching too much television with pleasure, ergo forever cementing feelings of love to male characters I liked. Stop snickering. I'm clearly not a psychologist. But you know what? I don't think the "why" even matters.
As an adult, I fell hard for Russell Crowe. It might have had something to do with Gladiator being released the year I divorced my ex-husband and I was desperate for an escape from reality. Or maybe it was because of Russ’s body. Or his accent. Whatever it was… yum. Remember the life-size cardboard cut-out of Russell in his gladiator finery? My two-year-old daughter walked by one in a movie theater lobby. She ran up to it, pointed, and said “Dada?” My heart soared - did she know something I didn’t? And then I felt really stupid because my brain kicked in and over-road my hormones.
Again, for the record, I wasn’t a bad mom. I’d never have let her see the movie because she was only two!
Every time I tell the story of how she thought Russell was her dad, my daughter, who is now twenty-one, rolls her eyes at me. “Mom, you’re such a dork.”
Fast forward several years and I began to write Take Two. The main hero in the story is an amalgam of all the actors I’ve crushed on. And there are many. Yet, Russell Crowe and Gerard Butler are probably the most front-and-center. The accents, the attitude, the hair, those eyes. Like me, they’re both looking older. Yet, I still do crush on both of them. In fact, I may have to watch Gladiator and Dear Frankie again this week.
I’m sure I’ll never grow out of crushing on actors. After all, they provide fantasy for a living and I love living in my imagination. It’s a perfect match.
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February 18, 2020
Contemporary ~ Second Chance ~ Actors ~ Single Parent
Is their love real or fiction?
Rachel is a teacher and a single mom who’s picked up the pieces of her life after a horrible marriage. She’d thought her ex-husband was the man of her dreams. He wasn’t. She’s moved on and written a historical romance novel, Swashbuckler, that’s been picked up by Hollywood.
Rodger is an actor who doesn’t trust women. He’s made bad choices in his past that have come to haunt him in the present, especially the choice that came packaged with blond hair, large tits, and a marriage that was doomed from the start. Rodger thought they were in love—turns out his wife was a social-climber more interested in his status than his heart. He doubts there is a woman alive who can love him for who he is, and not for his fame or for the fantasy he presents to the world.
Both Rachel and Rodger have been burned by love, trusting a reality that turned out only to be fantasy. Will their fear succeed at keeping them apart? Or will they break through the barriers and allow themselves to love once again? After all, sometimes reality is much sweeter than fantasy.
More About Karysa
Karysa Faire is a fiction writer and high school science teacher. Her best days are when something unexpected and new happens – whether that be in the classroom or during vacations when she goes on extended road trips to haunted ghost towns. Karysa writes a variety of romance genres including contemporary, historical, erotica, horror, and paranormal. She’s also been known to write a mean lab report. Karysa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area along with millions of other people.
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