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What Fragrance would that Fictional Character Wear?
Authors are always looking for inspiration—from real life, from TV shows, from other books. Many of us make chapter playlists or cast their book as a movie while writing. As a romance author, I often look to perfume or cologne for a deeper sense of my characters’ personality.
Scentbird’s samples are the perfect amount to write a few chapters in a new point-of-view. Here are some of my favorite romance archetypes—matched up to a scent that tells us more about them—from the Scentbird subscription catalogue:
Our Heroine, intelligent and curious, armed with lowered lashes and snappy comebacks. She keeps a Swiss Army knife in her fox-shaped purse, and laughs at the weather. She’s a Veronica Mars or Lucy from The Hating Game
kind of girl.
TRULYjoyful by Kate Spade
suits her perfectly, with orange zest and sweet peppercorns and candied ginger, warm and breezy and bright.
The Brooding Hero with a pedigree and money he tries to hide behind hard work, tough callouses yet soft underneath, hard spine and melting heart. He’s the Mr. Darcy type, or T’Challa from Black Panther.
He’d wear John Varvatos,
leather polished with amber, sweetened with vanilla and balsam fir needles in the spring.
No good story is complete without a gorgeous World-wise Woman With Impeccable Style—à la Jada Pinkett Smith’s Rome from Magic Mike XXL—who offers our hero stinging advice and smirks when he blushes.
Bright Crystal by Versace
has that kind of elegance, peonies and pearls and a high slit skirt, tea served in a lotus garden.
The Quirky Underestimated Sidekick who cleans up nice out of the lab coat and saves the day with science—Sherlock’s Molly Hooper, or James Bond’s Q.
I am Trash by Etat Libre d’Orange is that clever, taking the peels left behind and turning them into an elixir of apples—pink blossoms, ripe fruit and woody stems.
The Sympathetic Bartender, the one who listens too close—breath brushing your skin—but you don’t move away. They could be the villain, but we won’t know until the end. Starring David Bowie, or Ruby Rose.
Juliette has a gun’s Moscow Mule
is their signature cocktail: a double twist of lime over ginger ale and crushed ice, slid across a hardwood bar with a wink.
The Little Sister who causes trouble everywhere she goes—sometimes even on purpose—wears vintage silk skirts and glitter dust on her cheeks. She’s a grown up Luna Lovegood, a bohemian Alice Cullen from Twilight.
Get A Room by Confessions of a Rebel
, with its lemon cream candy pillow-talk vibe, matches her flirtatious nature.
Our hero has a brief rival, the Unassuming Nice Guy, who steps in with a joke and a sweet crooked smile. (In our screenplay, we write the part with John Cho in mind.) His eyes whisper promises, but he doesn’t voice them.
He wears Versace’s Eros
, cool spearmint and bright ambroxan, sweetened with tonka and spiked with vetiver, but he leaves lonely, until the third story in the series.
What perfume or cologne would your favorite characters wear?
And if only we could scent the pages!
Kira A. Gold is a romance author (THE SCENT OF FLAMES, and 2017 RWA RITA© finalist THE DIRTY SECRET), cat wrangler and perfume enthusiast from Kentucky.