What's better than cupcakes? Valentino Pilate.
Every author has a character that rocks their world, that they fall in love with; or in every essence, becomes their baby. Valentino is that for me. He is one of those characters that I spents months researching back history for, years perfecting timelines and stories for his history and getting his personality down to a "T". I have spent hours role playing him on line in AOL chat rooms, I have also played him in my own forums and have now moved him to my XIII Hour™ series as the Grima Blasa Konungr aka Vampire King. He is sensual, dark, mysterious, animalistic, raw and dangerous. Everything about him screams, "Save me." And yet you know he doesn't need saving, does he?
To describe Tino is like describing a God or an Adonis. He is six foot four, sculpted and toned, caramel kissed skin, his chest is lightly peppered with hair to taunt and tease us with. His hair is dark brown with highlights of captured fire, his eyes tri-coloured silver, blessed by a Fae.
To find a picture of someone to represent Tino is like finding a needle in a haystack. I am a very visual person. I like to see what I am describing at times. I tried to find a picture of someone, and I found Mikeal Kenta as inspiration... but I wanted someone real, someone that had personality... someone that could breathe life into Valentino.
I ended up becoming friends with an awesome guy on Facebook, Joe Quintanilla. He was putting up pictures of some actors that he knows for a show that he runs called "Necronomicast". I spotted a black and white photo of an actor and was like "Ohemgee! he could pass as Maelstrom!" and commented on the picture. Joe was polite and told me to PM him and we started talking about the actor. I got to looking at other pictures of this actor, and my heart stopped.
I was staring at Valentino.
Before I knew it, Joe was introducing me to the amazing Clint Glenn Hummel. He is perfect for Valentino. After telling him about the series and about the character, Clint gave me permission to use his likeness for Tino.
If I could have reached through the screen to kiss him, I would have.
I am still walking on cloud nine. I can't stop smiling. AND if The XIII Hour™ ever does become a silver screen adaptation ... Yes, Clint WILL be cast as the ever so sensual Valentino Pilate.
Without further adieu, may I present Clint Glenn Hummel as Valentino Pilate: