Literary Lagniappe

Bloopers, bonus features, and behind the scenes views from all your favorite romances

The Faces of My Heroes by Lisa Fox


I feel that one of my most important jobs as a romance author is to create the sexiest hero I can. But before I can give shape and form to my heroes, give them personality quirks and hang-ups and wants and desires of their own, I have to know what they look like. Determining their looks is a very crucial first step for me in every single one of my stories. I must have a face to go with the name, a clear and vivid portrait of the man who is going to fall in love with my very lucky heroine. When I begin a new WiP, I spend a lot of time trolling the internet for a man with the right “look” to match the sketchy outline I have of him in my head. I need that physical face to look at, to go to when I inevitably get to a rut in the story and ask, “What are you going to do now?”

It’s funny, getting a picture of my hero is vital for me, but I don’t need the same pictorial symbol for my heroines. I am able to see them without any outside aids. I don’t even pretend to know why that is.

Since this is Literary Lagniappe and we are all about yummy extras here, I thought I might share with you some of the visual inspirations I found to help me with a few of my published books. And, as an added bonus, you can get to know one of my heroes a whole lot better. Just leave a comment and be entered to win your choice of my backlist! Contest ends 12/6/12 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on Friday, December 7, 2012.

I hope you enjoy the view!

Arien – Sculpting a Demon


Chin-length, midnight black hair framed a face too beautiful for words. High cheekbones, strong jaw, full lips—in her wildest dreams she couldn’t have created a more perfect example of male beauty.

Nate – Santa’s Sleeping Beauty


Messy dark-brown hair framed his handsome face, and a spark of good-natured humor shone from the depths of his ice-blue eyes. The barest shadow of a beard highlighted the sharp angle of his jaw and outlined his very luscious lips. The t-shirt hugged his arms and fit snugly against the hard contours of his chest.

Trask – A Matter of Lust


He was beautiful in the low light, the moonlight playing on the hard edges and plains of his handsome face. He was the sexy Darkman of her fantasies, the anonymous star of her late-night sweaty dreams. It wasn’t just that he was tall, dark-haired and all in black. It was in the way he moved, the way he spoke, the way his touch sent shooting sparks of electrifying lust all along her nerve endings.

Brant – Knightly Desire (Coming soon from Ellora’s Cave!!)


She reached out, her fingers lingering in the air over the traces of grey in his dark, unruly hair, then down the side of his face, along the chiseled line of his jaw… He was muscular, rugged, the essence of male perfection.



Author: Lisa Fox

World-renowned neurosurgeon, master chef, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

16 thoughts on “The Faces of My Heroes by Lisa Fox

  1. We need to know what the heroes look like because we have to fall in love with them!

  2. Whoa. Good morning to you too. Could I have some Nate with my morning Diet Coke, please?

  3. Usually it that description of the Main Alpha Man of the Novel, the look and the altitude, that will keep me reading and even following a series. How we see him in Our Mind eye counts.

    • I agree and every reader should have their own, personal vision of what the hero physically looks like. I’ve just found that I need a guide when writing, a real face to look at (and yell at!) when things are not going the way I planned. Lol!

  4. Wow- you have some really inspiring photos there of great looking men.

  5. Yum! Those are some awesome looking heroes to go with your sexy books 😉

  6. Arien – Wow! You have created some handsome heroes – and the pictures are nice too!

  7. Lisa, you are making it difficult for me to pay attention to your words with pictures like that. *easily distracted*


  8. OH my, thank you for putting the visual with it – I love the way you describe your heroes!

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