A question I find myself being asked a lot is... "Who do your characters look like?" It's asked in different ways, but the jest is all the same. Where do I get my inspiration for my characters? What do they look like to me?
Well, they generally come to me fully formed. Sometimes they don't look close enough to anyone I know to make a good comparison. Sometimes they look extremely like (or exactly like) certain celebrities. Those ones, I can "show" you.
Meet My Characters:
From The Fire Still Burns:
Adam Good (David Conrad from Ghost Whisperer)
Brynn Harlow (Cheryl Pollak from The Heights)
From Moonlit Dream:
Jason (Wentworth Miller from Prison Break)
Ironically, Ming looks just like the woman on the cover of the book!
From The Blood Revelation series:
Rialto Renaldi (Antonio Sabato Jr, with longer hair)
Jacob (Jake) Porter (Jensen Ackles from Dark Angel & Supernatural)
Jonah Porter (Randall Batinkoff from For Keeps)
Malaika Jordan ( Syesha Mercado)
Those are the ones I can SHOW you. Some of the characters, like Seta, Aria, and Nyla... I just can't find good examples. Seta is kind of a cross between Salma Hayek and the younger version of Priscilla Presley. Aria... I think I actually may have modeled her off one of my daughters, of what I think my oldest daughter will look like when she's older. Nyla... Nyla is BEAUTIFUL. She's caucasian but has a bit of a Hispanic/almost Egyptian-ish look to her. She's very exotic looking... I just can't find ANYONE who resembles her.
I tend to see the men in my stories as celebrities, but the women I "create" in my head. I have no idea why that is. Maybe because most female celebrities are so ridiculously fake-looking I can't stand it. I don't know.