So here’s a little “Story Behind the Story” post.
It all started with a photograph of Clive Owen. My friend and accountability partner, Jenna, sent me a picture. She was using it as inspiration for a short story she was working on, and she thought I might like it too. Her story was for a spanking-themed anthology and she said something like, “My heroine hasn’t ever been into spanking, but she looks at him and says, if he asked, why not.”
I took one look at him and recognized him. Clive Owen didn’t look back at me. It was Conn.
I’d started a draft back in 2004 with an English professor named Dr. Connagher, but I’d never finished it and had no plans to do so, until I saw that picture. My entire perception of Conn changed forever. Because my friend had dropped that little comment about spanking, it was attached to him and his picture, and I couldn’t shake it. What kind of professor would he be, then? What kind of heroine did he need?
The rest is history.
So when I personally think of Conn, this is who I see.