Sophia Valentine Guest Post- Character Inspiration – Darion Milano.

Today I am pleased to welcome Author Sophia Valentine to the Love of a Good Book.

Character Inspiration -Darion Milano

When I write a novel, my characters are either completely from my imagination, whether that be appearance and mannerisms. However, sometimes I use inspiration from a blend of different people. It can be a celebrity, a movie / TV character, although that’s only for appearance ideas. I like my characters personalities to be completely original.

Writing Darion from The Black Door Trilogy, I can honestly say that I haven’t read a character like him yet. He is confident, cheeky, mysterious and a bad-boy. Underneath it all is a broken man who thought he knew what he wanted in life, but actually doesn’t. He has a passion for the club he owns, he loved cars, rock n’ roll music, women and living the high-life.

Appearance wise, he is around 6 ft 2 in height, broad shoulders, beautiful physique, green eyes, brown mid length hair and a devilish smile. If I had to choose a celebrity that would resemble Darion Milano, it would be Charlie Hunnam in the Calvin Klein advert. He carries himself with confidence, movies gracefully and leaves women all around him feeling coy. Beneath it all though is a man that cares and protects those around him.

If I had to state other celebrities which could fit in with Darion’s looks, Jonathan Rhys Meyers in (Dracula) could work, he definitely has a sense of mystery. Justin Brescia / Justin Bobby from The Hills has bad-boy written all over him. Joaquin Phoenix in We Own The Night movie has that dangerous, devilish aura, and he is passionate! Leonardo Dicaprio with longer hair could also work, and if anyone has a naughty smile, it’s Leo!

I have also been sent images from readers for how they picture Darion Milano. Heath Ledger is one of them.

Do I use real people for character inspiration? I haven’t yet. Would I in the future? For appearance-wise, no, for mannerisms, probably not. For one-liners, things I have heard them say, or experienced with them, then yes.


So ladies, stop reading this and go and meet Darion Milano! I promise you will love him! He’s mysterious, unpredictable, hard to figure out, and just yummy.

His Confession, book #1 of The Black Door Trilogy is available now in eBook and paperback. Her Confession and Their Confession is COMING SOON!!

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When Gabriella Woods finds matches from a gentlemen’s club in her fiancé’s pocket, her suspicions require a search for answers.

At the club, she realizes it’s not her fiancé’s fidelity that can’t be trusted…

It’s her own.

Darion Milano is daring, intriguing, and unpredictable…

Unable to get him out of her head—and against Darion’s explicit warning—Gabi begins a torrid affair. No longer fighting the urge to enter the depth of his dark and mysterious lifestyle, she indulges in his most intimate desires.

They become the most exciting, wild, infatuated couple everybody knows.

Until his confession changes everything…

Her heart is telling her to stay.

Her instinct is telling her to run.

She can never match his outrageous ex-wife and become the fun, fearless woman he craves…

Or can she?

Discover a world of sex, secrets, and seduction.


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