A great romance author creates a picture in the reader's mind as we read their words. Being as descriptive as possible—whether it be characters, locations, or scenes—puts us, the readers, into the situations to experience what we're reading. The vision has to start somewhere, and for many authors, the vision for the characters in her books come from actual people.
An author's muse can be a single photo of a person, place, or thing, a song that inspires them, or their perception of a public persona. I asked some of our favorite authors to reveal who inspired their characters in their books. Some are surprising, and some are spot-on what we had pictured in our mind as we read their stories.