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Yep, you heard me right. Vance Mangum wasn't part of the original idea Lacey created for her story. The series was to center around Portia and her best friend Shelly, the theme of magic running through it as Portia explored being a witch with magical powers. But even then, Vance begged to be heard, sparking the idea to include a love interest for Portia. Lacey shares on her website that it was during a long 3 hour drive one night that she felt the story needed a "hot, hunky guy" who could "spice things up". Through a fated sign bearing the name Vance and the surname of a family friend, Vance Mangum was born and with that, forever changed the hearts of readers worldwide.
If you asked Lacey what she thinks and feels about Vance, she would passionately share that she wanted Vance to be the epitome of her desires in a hero.
"I love hot guys in romances, but I never could find the one that was "perfect" for me. Something was always lacking. So, I decided to write the guy that fulfilled my wishes and desires. I wanted him to be extremely good looking and charismatic, but at the same time I wanted him to have this tough edge to him. He had to be someone who could be relied on in a fight, yet willing to fight beside me, instead of for me. I wanted him to be protective and loving but just a little bit dangerous too. The kind of person who you think you are standing on firm ground with, but there is always just this tiny, unstable edge where you're never perfectly sure of what he might do. I wanted him to be human too, tempted to do things, but to have the integrity to withstand temptation as well. He needed to be the epitome of all that is perfect in a man when you look at him on the surface, but as you peel back the layers underneath, that is when his true character is revealed. Either way ... in the flesh, or in the soul .. I wanted him to take my breath away"Well, what do you think readers? (if it's at all possible to think after hearing the reason why Vance is who he is) Can you see why I loudly and proudly declare Lacey Weatherford as a genius? In her simple wish to write a character who appealed to her on all levels (like she said "to take my breath away") she created a character so powerful, so real that Vance reaches to us through the pages of his books and steals our breath, reducing us to emotional puddles on the floor.
I tell you this, and you can quote me, remember the name Lacey Weatherford because it definitely won't be the last time you hear it. Lacey jokingly shares with those around her that she welcomes people into her delusions and to that I reply "Lacey, if Vance is who I'll find there, move over and order in pizza." And I have a VERY strong feeling that as more and more people discover the perfection of Vance, that her delusions will be crowded in no time.
** For more information about Lacey Weatherford, visit the official Of Witches And Warlocks website www.ofwitchesandwarlocks.com )