What attracted you to your character and why is he your character crush? Rock stars and musicians in general seem to be bigger than life, their sex appeal amplified by their art. It was logical, therefore, for Cheyenne (my main character and crush) to also be an Incubus. I took all the things I like about the musicians I’m drawn to and rolled them into a sexual demon, then added the missing elements that I like. For example, many of the characters I’m drawn to are a little broken. Stories I love often include a male/male relationship, and a height difference between the characters that I find pretty sexy.
What actor resembles your character? It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that the prototype for Cheyenne is a blend of the late, great Prince and the rock star Jax as played by Tom Cruise. By no means is he meant to BE Prince or Jax, but these artists are the epitome of gorgeous, talented, sexy rockers.
What key childhood event occurred that changed the way your character sees the world? When he was young, Cheyenne’s human mother bought him a guitar and he discovered his natural musical talent. From this point, while he still saw himself as different from his family, he no longer saw himself as inferior to them.
Would your character lick Jello shots off someone’s body? Not only would he, I’m sure he has. He’s aware of his sensual nature and of the world around him. He’s not afraid to experiment.
Does your character believe in ghosts, the occult, aliens, or the supernatural? Cheyenne inhabits a world that is peopled by supernatural creatures. Since he knows fairies, were animals, vampires, etc. exist he has an open mind about ghosts. He reserves judgment about aliens.
What would motivate your character to settle down? Cheyenne never expected that he would find someone with whom to settle down. After loosing the two women he thought were the loves of his life, he has become guarded about trusting someone—Until he met Alexander. Alexander came into his life asking for nothing in return for his friendship. It didn’t hurt that Cheyenne’s children loved and trusted the big guy.
Is there anything that can get a smile out of your character no matter how sad or upset he is? His children. He never thought he’d be a father, and is incredibly worried he’ll be a terrible one. But his young children motivate him to be a better person and to make wiser decisions than he’d otherwise make. Jamie and Jade keep him smiling because they’re weird and funny and smart. And they love him deeply.
What song is your character’s song? Why? By pure coincidence, his song is “Drive” by Incubus. It’s the song he wishes he’d written because it so aptly describes his life.
Here are a few relevant lines as told on Metrolyrics.com:
Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
And I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear
Take the wheel and steer
It’s driven me before
And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal
But lately I am beginning to find
That I should be the one behind the wheel
Read more: Incubus – Drive Lyrics | MetroLyrics
HOUSE OF THE RISING SON is, in part, the story of Cheyenne’s first understanding that he can live the life he imagines instead of the life he family has planned for him.
Thanks, for having me today. It’s been a blast!
Trevann Rogers writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Find her online at:
Living After Midnight, Book 1
Warning: Contains hot were-tiger sex, a Thanksgiving celebration that makes the Inquisition look like a tea party, and an incubus who’ll rock your world.
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