When it comes to handsome heroes, I’ll have to agree with Ana’s and Francine’s earlier posts: handsome is as handsome does. It’s not just the look of the hero, it’s his actions, his manners, his personality and sometimes even his psychological motivation that draws me, as the writer, to him. I tend to use movie or TV characters or actors as inspiration for my heroes physical characteristics, although I might take a combination of traits from a variety of different people (say, George Clooney’s chin or Matt Damon’s eyes). But, I don’t care how good looking a person is; if their personality is antithetical to their looks, I’d never use them! I remember how I used to think Sean Connery was gorgeous; then I heard that he thinks women deserve to be beaten—you can bet I’ve changed my mind about him (same goes for Mel Gibson, although for a variety of different reasons)!
Just like as in real life, I don’t have one particular type of man that I’m attracted to, as a writer, I don’t have a singular type of hero that attracts me either. Think about your crushes—the whole point of them is to be unattainable or completely different from the type of person that usually turns you on. That’s what makes them fun. The same goes for me as a writer. While features may be exaggerated, the heroes I write about are going to be different from one another. Some might be blond or dark-haired, iron-pumped or ordinary, rugged or suave. I don’t like reading books that always have the same type of hero, the same type of heroine and the same plot, with only the names changed. Therefore, I certainly don’t want to write that way!