Carla Angela

Designing a delectable hero

Some writers can come up with a character just from their own vivid imagination. Others need the prodding of visual aids to get them hot under the collar. I fall into the latter category!

Where to get such inspiration for a delectable hero? Well, aside from hunky exes, your current beau or that guy across the street, who always insists on going shirtless when mowing the lawn, the obvious place is Hollywood.

Combine all of your fave actors’ best attributes together (taking to your stash of magazines with scissors) and voila! You’ve got yourself a pin-up-worthy hero, who, as a writer, will have your fingers itching to hit the keyboard.

Here are the ingredients for a Hollywood-inspired hero, which would have us (and I’m sure plenty of readers) weak at the knees!

Take Ryan Gosling’s sparkly eyes. I never really understood the Ryan Gosling thing until I saw him in Crazy Stupid Love with Steve Carrell. Putting aside Gosling’s buff, tanned body, tough-sounding accent and the alpha male character he plays in the flick, it’s the cheeky gleam in his eyes (and that cheeky grin), which had me drooling. It’d give a more garden-variety hero the X-factor!


Add a touch of Mark Wahlberg’s cool charm. Maybe it’s his gruff accent, maybe it’s that the very hip Entourage TV series is loosely based on his life or maybe it’s just because he looked so good modelling Calvin Klein underwear with Kate Moss, but there’s something eternally cool about Marky Mark. Take it and bottle it for a hero!




Throw in a pinch of Gerard Butler’s rugged charm. That sing-song, Scottish accent would have had my palms sweaty anyway, but add in his piercing blue eyes and bulging biceps, and you’ve got yourself not just a hero, but a super-hero.




Heap in spoonfuls of Bryan Greenberg’s sensitivity. The How to Make it in America star hits the nail on the head of New York cool, but
also comes across as sensitive and new-age too. Yup, he’s got SNAG written all over him – very noughties for a hero!



Finally, stir in Jonathan LaPaglia’s body. The brother of Anthony LaPaglia and fellow actor has muscles in all the right places of his gym-honed body. You could only expect heat in the bedroom from a hero with such well-defined attributes.

Ping! Delectably-designed hero complete.

So… what celebrity attributes would inspire your DIY hero?

By day, Carla Angela is a freelance journalist in Australia and, in the inky night, an erotic fiction writer. When she’s not tapping away on her keyboard, she loves shopping, socialising, renovating, and listening to music—from 90s R&B to retro 80s. Watching telemovies and obsessing over her star sign are also guilty pleasures. More on Carla Angela can be found at or She writes exclusively for Siren-BookStrand. Full Exposure is her first tome.

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