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Michael Praed
As Inspiration
Professional authors and artists don't work in a vacuum.
Michael Praed has provided a spark of inspiration to both.

Note: Characters were inspired by Michael Praed in either the artist's or the author's mind,
and therefore their characters resemble him to a greater or lesser degree.
However, they were not intended to be Michael Praed. 


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Characters which Michael Praed inspired

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Books which mention Michael Praed
Note: Some of the references in the "Mentions" category allude to Michael Praed's
acting career, or the impact of some of his performances on the social landscape.


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'Magic's Promise' by Mercedes Lackey, art by Jody Lee  1990 DAW Books, Inc.

'Magic's Promise'
Cover by Jody Lee
1990 DAW Books, Inc. and Jody Lee

Mercedes Lackey
Author
Inspired by Michael: Vanyel (artwork)
in the
The Last Herald-Mage
trilogy                   [Go to top]

The hero of Last Herald-Mage fantasy trilogy ('Magic's Pawn', 'Magic's Promise, 'Magic's Price') is the exceptionally beautiful youth Vanyel, who doesn't fit in with his hale-and-hearty provincial family.  He prefers playing music in the bower to crossing swords with the family weapons master. After a frightening confrontation  with the fight instructor who suspects his trainee might be gay, Vanyel is sent in disgrace to live with his aunt in the city.  Under the tutelage of the magician and her student Tylendel, Vanyel discovers his latent abilities.  However his gifts come with a price.  This is a heartrending story of loss, duty and love.

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The relationship between a character and Michael Praed couldn't be made any clearer.  In 'After Midnight', a short-story published in the 30th Anniversary DAW Fantasy Anthology, author Mercedes Lackey described Vanyel's appearance as "the spitting image" of Michael Praed.  Actually, the trilogy was written before the author was aware of the actor.  It was the books' illustrator, Jody Lee, who drew inspiration from the features of Michael Praed to capture Vanyel's remarkable beauty.  Readers of the book noticed.
 


'The Courts of Sorcery' by Ashley McConnell, cover by Duane O. Myers  1997 ACE Books

'The Courts of Sorcery'
Cover by Duane O. Myers
1997 ACE Books and Duane O. Myers

Ashley McConnell
Author
Inspired by Michael: Jazen (character)
in the Demon Wars Trilogy                     [Go to top]

The Demon Wars Trilogy ('The Fountains of Mirlacca', 'The Itinerant Exorcist', 'The Courts of Sorcery') follows the path taken by Jazen, a fatherless lad with the ability to start fires with the power of his mind.  In a land where possession by Demons is a very real possibility, Jazen's "talent" could get him killed by suspicious villagers fearing the source of Jazen's power.  Can Jazen use his gift to fight the Demons through exorcism, or do the Demons have something else in mind?

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Interview with Ashley McConnell

What is your professional background?

I've been writing professionally since the late 1980s. Started out with a couple of horror novels*, did a bunch of 'Quantum Leap' novels, the 'Demon Wars' trilogy, 'Highlander', 'Stargate SG-1', Buffy, Angel. I think I'm forgetting something but can't remember what. I have a short story in 'Bedlam's Edge', which is an anthology based on Misty's (Mercedes Lackey) Bedlam's Bard series, coming out in August.   You should all go buy many many copies....

What drew you to Michael Praed in the first place?

I think it's the physical type (I studied anthropology as an undergraduate, and that really is lovely bone structure <G>), and the characters. I know absolutely NOTHING whatsoever about the individual Michael Praed, but the characters he's portrayed (that I've seen) have an intensity that I like very much.

I have a friend in the television biz who has said that most of the actors she's met aren't people who are particularly dazzling in person, even though many of them are professionals she'd hire in a heartbeat for projects she's working on. I haven't met a vast number of actors myself, but for the ones I have met, that does seem to be true. So as much as anything I look at whether the actor seems to be capable of portraying the character in my head, as a role. Who he is as an individual is a separate issue. It's nice to know if he's a decent human being too, but even if he isn't, I can use a "nameyouractorofchoicehere-shaped-object" in what I'm working on.

Does that sound too cold-blooded? I hope not. It certainly does justify an extensive selection of still photos and screen savers, though.

What quality or qualities does he convey to you?

In the roles I've seen?  The intensity I mentioned. A certain... lethality (okay, so a fully bent bow does have a certain impact, you should forgive the pun). And a quietness -- still waters run deep and all that.  All kinds of potential there!

Have you used him more than once?

I used him as a physical model for Jazen. It's hard to sneak in very many fully-developed outside characters in tie-ins without "robbing" the series stars, so he hasn't shown up much there. I've had a story knocking about in the back of my head for YEARS that has this tall, dark-haired, lean assassin.... and one of these days I'll get it written down!

* Ashley is modest.  She was a finalist for the Bram Stoker First Novel Award, bestowed by the Horror Writers Association, in 1992.


'The Pirates of Pompeii' by Caroline Lawrence, cover by Richard Carr, Peter Sutton, Fred van Deelen  2001 Orion Children's Books

'The Pirates of Pompeii'
Cover by Richard Carr,
Peter Sutton, Fred van Deelen
2001 Orion Children's Books

Caroline Lawrence
Author
Inspired by Michael: Publius Pollius Felix? (character)
in the Roman Mysteries.                                            [Go to top]

The Roman Mysteries (so far) consist of: 'The Thieves of Ostia', 'The Secrets of Vesuvius', 'The Pirates of Pompeii', ''The Assassins of Rome', 'The Dolphins of Laurentum', 'The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina', The Enemies of Jupiter', 'The Gladiators from Capua',  and 'The Colossus of Rhodes'.

The popular children's mysteries pursue the escapades of four young friends who have a knack for solving puzzles.  They are patrician Flavia Gemina, Jewish lad Jonathan Ben Mordecai, mute Greek beggar-boy Lupus, and former African slave girl Nubia.  Set against the backdrop of multi-cultural Rome in the first century, the children endure everything from mundane family life and schoolwork, to the cataclysmic eruption of Mt Vesuvius and subsequent burial of Pompeii in 79 AD.

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A note on Caroline Lawrence's professional background

Caroline Lawrence grew up in Bakersfield, California.  After studying Classics at Berkeley she won a Marshall Scholarship to Cambridge University in Great Britain where she gained degrees in classical art and archaeology.  Later studies at London University gave her an MA in Hebrew and Jewish languages. Lawrence taught Latin, French and art at a small London primary school before writing 'The Thieves of Ostia' in 2000.   She lives by the Thames River in London with her husband Richard Russell Lawrence, a graphic designer..

Interview with Caroline Lawrence

Frankly, Caroline, I'm a little suspicious about this character (Publius Pollius Felix) in the Roman Mysteries described as a tall, elegant, prematurely gray-haired, very handsome dark-eyed man. Clean shaven. Has a light, cultured voice. He is an accomplished musician and writes his own songs. His gaze is very intense and has a way of making his companions feel as if they are the center of his world as he's talking with them. While woman fall for him in droves, he is a devoted husband and family man.

It's either Michael Praed or the patron Publius Pollius Felix.

Is this similar description one happy accident or am I onto something?

My charismatic Felix is not based on Michael but on two other sources, one of whom is a character from Mary Renault's 'Last of the Wine' and the other of whom is a jazz pianist. I didn't really know much about Michael but I live in London and when he was in 'Contact' a year or so ago and there were posters of him with grey hair I thought 'That guy looks like I imagine Felix would have looked.'   When I found out it was Michael Praed from 'Robin of Sherwood' (I just vaguely remembered that) it was just about the time I was thinking about possible readers for my audiobooks. I knew I wanted someone with a light cultured voice like Felix and when I downloaded a portion of Michael being interviewed I thought 'Perfect!'

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