Character Inspiration: Donovan Circus Lookalikes (Lucy)

This week I’m doing something fun: putting real faces to the Donovan Circus gang! Now of course this is all purely for entertainment, but I think you’ll enjoy it. Plus, it might give you more “face to name” ideas of how I picture my characters, since I know everyone always has a few nuances with their imaginations. Keep tuning back cause I’ll be going through the whole list of characters you’ve met, including a few new ones from BURNED ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today’s feature is of course our narrator and main circus freak, Lucy Sullivan. Lucy often describes herself as “the dreaded c word: cute” as opposed to beautiful. She’s a fiery redhead (long, straight hair), with freckles, hazel eyes, and average height and build.

Those of course are just her physical attributes. She’s a Firestarter, a female version no less, which is less than rare in the gifted world. That helps make her who she is: young and a bit naive, she has a lot to learn about her new world. She might get scared, but she is determined and loyal, fiercely protective of her family (blood or otherwise). A few readers have described her as spunky and I like that term a lot for Lucy. She might worry and whine, but when it comes down to it, she’s the first one in line to protect her friends.

So now that you know more about Lucy, let’s see who I’ve picked as her real life/celebrity lookalikes!

Photo by Leonard Gren Photography

Photo by Leonard Gren Photography

This girl. I don’t know who this girl is, but the Swedish photographer Leonard Gren took this photo and I have half a mind to write him to ask about her. There’s something perfect about this photo that captures the way I picture Lucy. She’s tough and determined, but there’s still a softness, even naivete about her because she is so young. The moment I saw this photo, I knew it was inspiration for Lucy.


Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn is a beautiful girl and I think would make a fabulous Lucy Sullivan. Plus it helps when you google her name, pictures of her in a Supergirl costume pop up, so clearly she’s just as nerdy as Lucy ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve only seen the show Castle a couple times, but her obvious spirit is easy to imagine on the Donovan Circus grounds.

Zena Gray

Zena Gray

Zena Gray is an actress I’m unfamiliar with, but I think this above photo is definitely a great match for Lucy. This shot makes me think of a strong Lucy, someone who will do whatever it takes for her and her friends to survive. Plus, she’s beautiful but in a very natural way (as hardly anyone wears makeup outside of the actual circus show).

So there are my three real life lookalikes for my protagonist! Who would you pick out of these three for Lucy? Or is there someone else who might make a good match? Let me know so I can add her to my list!

For more character or Donovan Circus inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boardย and see all the pretty things! Visual images are such a huge factor in helping me piece things together, so I love showing what I’ve found so you can picture it with me.

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