Confessions of an incurable Hiddlestoner

I suffer from a serious condition. It’s incurable. It’s an addiction. It’s my life. I’m a Hiddlestoner – and I have a confession to make.


 Today, we have the supremely talented romance writer, and my good friend from across the pond, Devika Fernando who is here to talk about her not so secret love– Hiddlestonitis. 

Every book I write has been inspired by Tom Hiddleston. Every book I read, every story that captures my attention, reminds me of him. Heck, I end up comparing all men to him: Thomas William Hiddleston. Stealer of hearts, lover of pudding, Shakespeare-enthusiast, word-magician, destroyer of ovaries, versatile actor, living inspiration, man of countless talents and secrets.

Why are all of my heroes inspired by him, and why do I love him? There are reasons, probably more than you want to hear. But now that I’ve started, I’m afraid I might never stop. And by the end of this post, you’ll happily join the club.

Tom Hiddleston is a man of many faces. And I don’t just mean that he looks hot with or without glasses, that he’s handsome with long black hair just like with floofy blond curls or with perfectly styled ginger scruff.

I mean that he can switch from sophisticated and suave – killing you with that polished English accent and oozing oodles of politeness – to singing a song, dancing his heart out or breaking into a spot-on impersonation of a celebrity. I love it that he can slip into lecture mode in a heartbeat, diving into his vast knowledge of literature (and many other topics) to bring something alive within minutes that teachers have unsuccessfully been trying to install in your brain for ages.

I love it that he can be a nerd at one moment and impossibly cool the next, that he supports charity, is passionate about equality, and generous to his fans. It’s endlessly fascinating that he switches from a six-year-old child with bubbling excitement to a teenager with a shit-eating grin and naughty wink to a gorgeous man charming the heck out of men and women alike.

How can anyone be so serious, so understanding, so well-mannered, so quietly strong, so sexy, so humble, so genuine, so dedicated, so charismatic, so thoughtful? It’s magic, I tell you, and I’m completely under his spell.

And don’t get me talking about his voice (Heaven on earth! He could read the phone book to me and I’d swoon.) or his hands (Big, and you know what that means. *wink*) or his eyes or that sassy eyebrow that has a life of its own or his snake hips…or any part of his anatomy?

Hang on ladies, for I haven’t even gotten to the good parts.

Tom Hiddleston – When will the Oxford Dictionary accept his name as a synonym for perfection? Can we sign a petition for that? – can act. He can ACT the bloody hell out of any role. Deliciously dangerous Asgardian villain? Check! Mysterious soldier? Check! Tortured baronet? Check! Suicidal vampire? Check! Irresistible spy? Check! King / knight in shining armour? Check! Yodeling Yankee? Check! Swoonworthy Victorian hero? Check! Dashing yet deranged doctor? Check! Relentless Roman general? Check! And there are a million more roles that show just how much potential this incredible man has stored away.

Still not completely taken in by the man who’s simultaneously ruined and made my life? You’re a tough cookie, aren’t you? Cookies… see, I can’t even think of something as harmless as cookies without remembering Tom Hiddleston teaching the Cookie Monster about delayed gratification on Sesame Street. Yup, I’m a goner, a Hiddlestoner… Just like the lovely lady who wrote this poignant post.

This. This right here is another reason why I can’t help feeling inspired by Tom Hiddleston:


Is it any wonder that he is part of all the books I write?

The protagonist most strongly influenced by Tom is Daniel from SAVED IN SRI LANKA. I gave him an innate kindness, a love for books and poetry, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge (as well as a deep and sensual voice, mile-long legs, ginger hair and blue-grey-green eyes). Joshua from the FIRE TRILOGY has Tom’s calm strength and uncanny ability to make everyone listen, and the anti-hero Kyle from the same series was inspired by Tom’s remarkable performance as Loki. Michael from WHEN I SEE YOUR FACE is as caring, calm on the outside but deep on the inside and supportive of women as Tom. Lucas from KALEIDOSCOPE OF HOPES has derived his enigmatic charm, ruthless drive and regal bearing from Tom.

And Alejandro, the determined and irresistible hero from my latest romance novel SEDUCED IN SPAIN, gives life to Tom Hiddleston’s answer to an interview question, “a good boy in certain situations, and a bad boy in others”. Not only does Tom influence how I write my heroes, he is also one of the reasons why I write and publish, why I believe in myself and in creativity.

And really, do I need any other reason to love him?

Do you?

Thank you Devika, for reminding me once again what I LOVE about this man. And for popping over. We wish you all the best with the release of SEDUCED IN SPAIN! 


Writer Gal

About Devika:


Having always loved to read and write, Devika Fernando made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The Amazon bestselling author has released several eBooks in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her German and Sri Lankan roots influence her writing.

She loves to talk to fellow Hiddlestoners (ok, others too!) on Facebook and Twitter



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Shilpa Suraj

Guest Post: Writer friends- friend or foe?

Hey y’all,

It is with great pleasure that I host a personal pal of mine, Shilpa Suraj, who is so fricking talented, she makes me green with envy! Read on here to find out what she thinks of me, and everyone else like me:P (#justkidding) You can find my opinions on What kind of friends writers really are at Shilpa’s blog.

Writer Gal

Shilpa Suraj

As the saying goes, it takes all kinds to make the world go around.

Aarti, my blog host for the day, recently did a guest post on my blog about ‘Writer friends – friend or foe.’ An interesting, humorous take on the insecurities, complexes and mindsets of her writer friends. In the writing community, as in life, you meet so many different kinds of people – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Some with whom you bond and find a friend for life, some who think because they’ve been writing a little longer than you have the right to give you condescending advice followed by virtual pats on the head and some who, well let’s not go down that ugly road. I have in turn, learned to enjoy the genuine friendships, smile politely at the condescension and ignore the nastiness. Again, just like in life.

It would be wonderful if we lived in a world of secure, confident people who saw only the good in others. Yes, yes, I know…..Fact is we live in a world fraught with competition. The thirst to succeed and in some cases just the need to survive in a field that could see you disappearing from the public consciousness without a trace is sometimes all consuming. It leads people to behave in ways that, I hope, in other times would be unthinkable.

I believe, truly believe, that if your writing shines, if your characters leap off the page and take your readers on an unbelievable ride, you’re halfway to making a place for yourself in people’s hearts. The other half of the battle is getting people to know your book exists. If they don’t read it, they’ll never know if your writing shines like the sun or deserves to be thrown into the inky depths of a bottomless abyss.

Good writer friends help you over those moments of ‘I’m not good enough.’ ‘My writing stinks.’ ‘My hero is a shit. How do I redeem him?’ ‘No one knows I exist.’ ‘Will I ever be published?’ They help you navigate a world and career that is light years away from the one inhabited by your family and friends.

Did you notice the good at the start of that sentence? Very very important distinction.

In my opinion, you learn to sift the good from the bad. You don’t overreact to petty nastiness, you don’t be overfriendly with people you barely know because you believe the world is full of people with hearts of gold (Really, does anyone believe that?) and you don’t judge people who inadvertently or otherwise fall short of your expectations.

Like I keep saying, it’s life-a true mixed bag. Bouquets, brickbats, opportunities, success, failure, hope, disappointment. All you need to do is sift.

And Aarti – You are the whackiest, funniest, most enthusiastic, loyal friend I’ve gained on this crazy roller coaster ride. And about that hot guy we were discussing…..let’s take this offline shall we? 🙂 

Isn’t she super awesome, y’all?

Here’s the skinny on Shilpa Suraj – Romance Writer.

The author of Harlequin, India’s ‘The Girl He Left Behind’ and ‘Rescued by Love,’ Shilpa Suraj was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories.
Seven years in the corporate world followed by a spell of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own happily ever after and now spends her time happily juggling both the loves of her life – family and writing romances.
To know more about her, you can reach her at