I hit ten titles left in comments and delivered a toy to the place collecting toys and now I've picked a winner of goodies-Terra Pennington. Terra e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can find out which book you would like and get your mailing address.
If I can get ten more titles before the 24th I'll deliver another toy and pick another winner. (See big red package in the upper left hand corner of blog)
I've currently been reading and researching for the third spirit book. I've just about nailed down the hero and in the process came across a singer I've heard mentioned but hadn't really paid much attention to- Freddie Mercury. I googled actors with mustaches looking for a face to put to my hero. I knew I wanted black hair and a full but well-groomed mustache. I came across a photo that was perfect and it said Freddie Mercury. Then I googled the name and found more-ahem- interesting photos which I quickly wiped from my mind because I liked the first photo. Then I listened to some of his songs. He had a really nice voice. A couple of those will be mixed in with my Native American music as my playlist for Spirit of the Sky.
I don't always find photos for my main characters but sometimes it helps me to get a better feel for the character I'm creating.
When you read a book do you like to build the character in your own mind or see a facsimile on the cover and use that?