We all had them. Those first crushes that created a flutter in your chest, made you sigh, and wish above all else to be the woman who would catch such a rare find. The first Hollywood guy I fell in love, my first major crush, was Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. What girl could resist his no-holds-barred passion for historical artifacts or his disarming charm with a dash of devil-may-care bad boy skimming the edges, not to mention his deftness with a whip made you wonder how those hands would feel with you in them. I was five when I fell for Indy. It’s a love affair that has tempered and forged what I look for in a hero: passion, drive, determination, and above all honor.
As I grew, my tastes matured, but I still wanted heroes who would transport me on some marvelous adventure Goonies style and risk everything he wanted for the woman he loved. Yet, I still couldn’t shake loving the bad boy. I blame Indy for my bad boy streak. He walked too close a line with danger to be a complete Boy Scout. While many Buffy fans hoped she would end up with Angel, and I wanted her to shove Angel aside for Spike. True Blood fans adored Bill, while I wanted her with Eric. If I admit it, I even loved The Mummy. I mean come on, he cursed his soul for the woman he loved. Besides, Arnold Vosloo in nothing but a skimpy skirt was mega-hot.
When Gaelen first strutted onto the pages of ANOINTED I finally realized why I had loved all these men. The answer, I adore Epic love stories. I’m not the flowers, candy, and Mayberry Lane type, not that there is anything wrong with that. But I want to a hero who will barrel in, upend order, and take me on a voyage to the edge of Mordor to defeat Sauron’s forces or travel on a train into the heart of Egypt to stop a curse from ending the world.
Gaelen has a touch of the bad boy I have always had a crush on, with a larger-than-life attitude. As I’m working on the next book in the series, ASCENDED, there have been times I wanted to strangle him, almost as much as Alana does; although, that tends to happen when you put two confident people together.
While my tastes in Hollywood leading men have changed as new stars have been christened, Chris Hemsworth or ahem, the actor dressed as Thorin Oakenshield, call me maybe, they still have the underlying element of dangerous, unrepentant, bad boy to them. And as for my first love, he may be in his seventies, but he’s still a hunk!
Who was your favorite Hollywood crush?
Bestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her two furry felines.