5 Romance Book Authors Reveal Their Characters' Muses

See where the inspirations for our favorite characters originated

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.


Angie Lynch is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work inside on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing. In addition to that nonsense, Angie recommends books on Smut Book Club, is a contributing writer to Mom.me, spreads the word of Awesome at We Know Awesome, and tries to be a very professional content creator for local business blogs. Stalk her properly on Twitter @alotofnothing and on Facebook.