When I began writing TRACED, I had a vision in my head for the characters. Both Joel and Liam were easy to imagine, Tessa was much harder. Since the story was told from her perspective, I never really had a clear image of her–everything was seen through her eyes. But when a friend of mine found our “Tessa,” I literally squealed out loud. She just was Tessa. We did her shoot last month, and I’m having an impossible time narrowing down the images to share, but check back this week for a full post of our Tessa (and it’s going to be a long one!).

Though I had a specific vision for what both of the guys looked like, I really doubted I’d be able to find the perfect fit like our Tessa model was. I’ve been disappointed so many times in the past by authors or producers that cast people who don’t match the face I had in my mind as I read the book. So I’ve been so beyond thrilled with each of my models for these shoots. Our “Liam” was a great fit–he really brought my idea of Liam to life.

As both a photographer and a writer, I feel like my creative worlds are colliding and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I hope you are just as excited as I am to “meet” the characters!