While I know my stories will never make it to the big screen, and I am okay with that, I do draw inspiration from actors and actresses to lay down the basis for my characters.
Many authors who write series have what is called a Series Bible - a document of some kind they can refer back to that tells them details about characters, maybe includes images of the characters, etc.
With Broken Wings, I had to create my first series bible. This is because while I have other series, the stories are all stand alone, and the series is based on theme, without any interaction between the characters. For the Phoenix Reborn books, the characters are interacting in a group therapy session, so each character set will continue to build through new stories.
NAME: Nickolas Tanner
Description: black (pepper) hair, piercing green eyes, shorter than Gabriel, muscular but athletic, deep raspy voice
Nickolas was a very tricky character. I knew about his nickname, but he wasn't really willing to step out of the shadows and let me see him. He was more focused on Gabriel - and what he needed.
So visualizing him was frustrating, but I did get to hear a lot of his voice. And oh boy - what a voice it is. That deep seductive rasp that teases of nights of sin and decadence was modeled after actor Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest). To some degree he resembles him as well, but it is Nick's voice that is distinct. Oh - and the eyes! Love them! They can almost see right into your soul.