The Write Romantics are glad to welcome back friend of the blog, Zanna Mackenzie this week to offer us a guest post all about creating celebrity characters, which some of us know from experience are great fun to write! Over to you Zanna…
Whether or not we regularly purchase the gossip magazines and follow the ups and downs in the lives of our favourite celebrities I think we all share a fascination with what it must be like to live your life in the glare of the media spotlight.
How would it feel to be followed everywhere by eager paparazzi, all pushing and shoving for a photo of you? Not to mention the reality of the more unflattering the photo, the greater the demand for it! What would it be like to pick up a newspaper or magazine and read something about yourself which is a total lie? To have to put up with horrible things being said about you and have people share their opinions and criticisms on everything you wear, do and say.
It must be awful to be constantly riddled with doubts as to whether somebody really wants to be with you as a date you or friend because they actually like you – or because of who or what you are? E.G. – famous!
Having to live your life this way must bring lots of dilemmas, heartbreak and sorrow – much of which is often played out in front of the world’s media, whether you want it to be or not.
But underneath all the oodles of money in their bank accounts, the wardrobes of designer clothes, glamourous mansions with private swimming pools and the eye wateringly expensive cars, these people are just human beings like the rest of us. And maybe sometimes they even wish they weren’t famous and find themselves craving a tiny bit of peace, quiet and privacy.
I recently watched The Voice UK – a reality series about people trying to win a singing contest – and whilst I thought all of the contestants were amazing and the finalists fabulous, my favourite singer actually won – Stevie. He came across as a very likable guy with a huge desire to sing and an amazing voice. He’s a fireman, a family man, rather handsome too. As he sang his about-to-be-released single at the end of the show, his wife watched from one of the coach’s chairs and she understandably looked proud and was crying and happy all at the same time. But I have to admit if that had been me in her position then a little part of me would also be fearful for what the future might hold if my husband became famous – all that scrutiny, all those women flirting with him, all that media spotlight, upheaval and pressure. It would turn their lives upside down.
Fame can be fabulous, we see all the glitz, money and success, but it can also be pretty scary.
All of which explains why, I think, we have a love for celebrity characters in the books we write and read. From pop stars to movies stars, even royals and WAGs, their lives are endlessly fascinating, dramatic and quite simply the stuff of which books are made!
Zanna Mackenzie is the author of a series of romantic comedy mysteries based around the agents of the CCIA – otherwise known as the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency. Books 1 and 2 in the Amber Reed CCIA Mysteries are out now, with book 3 due for release in May.