I remember reading a romance novel years ago that had blond hero. Now, nothing against golden boys, but there's something in me that prefers tall dark and handsome. For the rest of the book, I stubbornly pictured the hero as with dark hair. If I was going to spend five hours with these people, daggonit, they were going to look the way I wanted them to.
Fast forward to present day when I'm writing love stories. Every time I picture my hero or heroine, I ask myself, what does the reader want, and I have to confess. I'm just not sure.
Tradition says the heroine and hero of a love story must be attractive. Do you agree? Or is it only necessary that they are attractive to one another? Do you have a preference to long or short hair on a heroine? What about the hero? Are glasses taboo? Tall, short, thin, chunky? bearded, stubbly or clean shaven? I'm talking about the hero here.
I find photos for my characters and look at them as I write. This is the hero and heroine of my Work In Progress, tentatively titled Summer House. I like that they're attractive, but not so over-the-top gorgeous that they don't looks like real people.