Who Were the Men Who Made Charles McIntyre?


Quirt Evans

I often get asked if any of my characters are based on an actual person. Sometimes, they are, sometimes they’re straight out of my imagination. I thought it would be fun to share with you today who I saw in my head when I was writing one of my favorite and most popular characters, Charles McIntyre.


Charles McIntyre

Who can resist a man running from love because he knows it will be his undoing? Think John Wayne’s classic character of Quirt Evans in Angel and the Bad Man. Well, Charles McIntyre is my sexy Southern scallywag (now mostly redeemed), lord of Defiance and the main man in my Defiance books. His character was born when I watched the movie The Harvey Girls. The actor who played opposite superstar Judy Garland in this flick was the up-and-coming John Hodiak.


Ned Trent

Hodiak was one of the first to play a saloon owner AND bad boy redeemed by a good woman. Ned Trent was the name. Selling whiskey and women was his game.

Keeping these archetype characters in the back of my mind, I fell in love later on with Eric McCormack’s looks and portrayal of Clayton Mosby, entrepreneur, saloon owner, and bad boy in Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years. When I sat down to write the first Defiance book, A Lady in Defiance, these three characters and actors swirled in my head.


Clayton Mosby


Eventually, of course, HBO released the graphic and gritty western Deadwood. The ruggedly handsome English actor Ian McShane played Al Swearengen, an entrepreneur, saloon owner, and bad boy with apparently no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I only watched one episode of Deadwood and that was a good three or four years after I’d finished ALID. The profanity, violence, and sex in this show went waaaay beyond my limits, so I can honestly say there is no direct link between my McIntyre and Swearengen.

But I will say this for McShane’s character: Swearengen was exactly the kind of soulless villain Charles McIntyre was based on. And the darker the soul, the more amazing the transformation when light touches it.


Al Swearengen

I adore those tough men brought to their knees by love. Charles McIntyre is my absolute hero. One reader called him swoon-worthy. I love that. He was unrepentantly cruel, selfish, violent but turned to jello in Naomi’s hands–because real love, both of a good woman and of a perfect Savior, cannot/will not leave a man unchanged.


About Heather Frey Blanton

"I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is ... and God loves us anyway." -- Heather Blanton

Posted on February 28, 2019, in Ladies in Defiance and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I’d love to to play one

  2. Thanks for this summary Heather. Charles is my all time favorite characters of yours due to his transformation from scallywag to Christian. He’s the kind of character I love in historical westerns. He seems incapable of change, but is overcome by our Savior and the love of his life…Naomi. Definitely swoon-worthy! Any news on who is playing him in the series yet? My vote is still with Anson Mount. Hubba-hubba, lol.

  3. You have a phenomenal thinker, Heather!

    Sent from my iPad


  4. This series is one of the best I have had the pleasure of reading. Thank you so much for writing them…you are awesome.

  5. Thanks Heather. I enjoyed reading your blog!

  6. My husband is listed as “Cowboy” with Imdb. Hes played an extra in several tv shows and movies.

  7. Brenda Murphree

    Dean Cain would be awesome!

  8. twogalsandabook

    I think that Jesse Bradford, from The Power of Few, would be the absolute perfect choice for the role. Put him in a cowboy get-up, and with that darkly handsome look (and those killer sideburns!) I can’t see anybody looking the part better.
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  9. twogalsandabook

    I’m glad you think so. 🙂 Do you think that he looks the part?


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