The Windows of the Soul

  Green dark “The eyes, like sentinels, occupy the highest place in the body.”

   “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”

   “The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.’  Marcus Tullius Cicero

AmberChristina here – the Roman Cicero seems to have had a lot to say about eyes, but I totally agree with him about their importance – they are “the windows of the soul” as someone said, no matter what colour they are. And we might not always notice other people’s eyes in real life, but when it comes to fictional characters, they are crucial, at least for me, especially when describing a hero. Eyes can be shifty, evasive, not looking straight at you when you’re talking to their owner. That’s not good. A hero has to have an honest, direct gaze, and just looking him in the eyes must make the heroine (and thereby also the reader) feel they can trust him and that he's telling the truth.

   “The tongue may hide the truth but the eyes – never!” Mikhail Bulgakov

ChocolateOf course, it’s great if they stand out in some way to capture the heroine’s attention in the first place. Twinkling with humour is good, or flirty and fun with a mischievous glint. Even scowling works, the way some of the Georgette Heyer noblemen do it, as long as it’s not permanent. And it’s a bit clichéd to say that eyes can “smoulder”, but some men really have that down to a fine art, maybe even without trying. It’s hard to define, but you definitely know it when you see it! And it makes you go weak at the knees for sure, which is the effect you want your hero to have on your heroine.

HazelWhat about the colour? I have heard that quite a few readers complain about the prevalence of romantic heroes and heroines with green eyes (and usually, for the women, red hair to go with them). It’s supposed to make them stand out in our mind and sound more exciting somehow because they’re unusual, but some people feel this has been overdone. Green eyes are perhaps not quite as common in real life as in fiction, but does it really matter? And is that actually true?

GreenAccording to the statistics I read, 2% of the world’s population have green eyes, while 3% have grey and 8% blue. Everyone else has brown, amber or hazel (usually defined as a sort of murky green with brown and gold flecks in them). Now by my calculation, if the world’s population is approximately 7.8 billion, that means 156 million people actually have green eyes – so not that uncommon after all, right? Plus, add in the fact that an awful lot of historical romance novels take place in the UK or Scotland, where blue, grey and green eyes are in the majority. That makes the probability of having a hero or heroine with green eyes seem a lot more plausible.

Blue greyAnyway, I’m not trying to give you a math lesson here – I shudder at the mere word as that was never my favourite subject! – but just want to defend the use of green eyes in fiction. I do try and vary my characters’ eye colour, but when you have written more than four books (one with each colour), with the best will in the world, that means that sometimes you have to have a green-eyed one. Add to that the fact that I have them myself, and therefore am quite fond of the colour, and … well, they do tend to crop up a lot in my stories.

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Studio publicity still – Dr. Macro, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org

What about really unusual colours like turquoise, moss green, and violet? The actress Elizabeth Taylor was said to have violet eyes – they were certainly very unusual and definitely real as coloured lenses were not available to her. Whether they were really violet or just a deep bluey-grey, I’m not so sure, but as violet was the colour people saw (and commented on) when they looked at her, I feel it’s fair to use this in a book. Turquoise – yes, absolutely! I have a friend whose eyes are an absolutely stunning combination of green and blue, and I often think of her as I choose eye colour for my characters. As for moss green, who can forget that photo in National Geographic of the Afghan girl Sharbat Gula by photojournalist Steve McCurry (look here)? Just stunning!

   “Look not in my eyes, for fear
     They mirror true the sight I see …”
 A E Housman

BrownWhat appeals to us as readers is, of course, very subjective and we all have our preferences. For some, the deep brown eyes of George Clooney are what they’d like to drown in, or the melting chocolate of Idris Elba’s gaze appeals like nothing else, while others prefer the icy blue stare of someone like Chris Pine or Chris Hemsworth, or the green of Chris Pratt (what is it with all these Chris’s BTW??). What seems to be almost universal, however, is the desire for long eyelashes, both on men and women. And how common is that, really? Most people probably just have average length ones (hence the massive sales of mascara these days!), so it’s just as unlikely that every hero and heroine in our books should have them, as that they have green eyes – and yet they invariably do.

ABack in the 1980s when boys started wearing a lot of make-up, there were suddenly lots of them with very long eyelashes indeed. I have to admit I loved that look – it does seem rather unfair that only girls should be allowed to enhance their eyelashes, whereas boys have to make do with what they’ve been born with. And even Vikings, the most masculine of men, apparently wore makeup sometimes in order to look younger. But of course, this doesn’t work in most historical fiction so if we want the hero/heroine to have long eyelashes, they need to have been lucky enough to have them naturally.

   “Drink to me only with thine eyes, and I will pledge with mine …” To Celia by Ben Johnson

BlueYes, a look can be a very powerful thing with no words needed. To me, the eyes are paramount.

What about you – do eyes and eye colour matter to you in a character? What’s your favourite colour, and are you one of the readers irritated by green-eyed heroes and heroines?

 

255 thoughts on “The Windows of the Soul”

  1. The thing that gets me is people who say eyes don’t change colour. My husband is supposed to have blue eyes but sometimes they look green. My mother has grey eyes and sometimes they look blue. Sometimes it can be due to emotions, but other times it’s about what they are wearing. Then you have the dilation of the pupil which can make the colour look different in contrast to either large black pupils or tiny pinpoint pupils.

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  2. The thing that gets me is people who say eyes don’t change colour. My husband is supposed to have blue eyes but sometimes they look green. My mother has grey eyes and sometimes they look blue. Sometimes it can be due to emotions, but other times it’s about what they are wearing. Then you have the dilation of the pupil which can make the colour look different in contrast to either large black pupils or tiny pinpoint pupils.

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  3. The thing that gets me is people who say eyes don’t change colour. My husband is supposed to have blue eyes but sometimes they look green. My mother has grey eyes and sometimes they look blue. Sometimes it can be due to emotions, but other times it’s about what they are wearing. Then you have the dilation of the pupil which can make the colour look different in contrast to either large black pupils or tiny pinpoint pupils.

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  4. The thing that gets me is people who say eyes don’t change colour. My husband is supposed to have blue eyes but sometimes they look green. My mother has grey eyes and sometimes they look blue. Sometimes it can be due to emotions, but other times it’s about what they are wearing. Then you have the dilation of the pupil which can make the colour look different in contrast to either large black pupils or tiny pinpoint pupils.

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  5. The thing that gets me is people who say eyes don’t change colour. My husband is supposed to have blue eyes but sometimes they look green. My mother has grey eyes and sometimes they look blue. Sometimes it can be due to emotions, but other times it’s about what they are wearing. Then you have the dilation of the pupil which can make the colour look different in contrast to either large black pupils or tiny pinpoint pupils.

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  6. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  7. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  8. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  9. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  10. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  11. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  12. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  13. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  14. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  15. Thanks for such a thought provoking post Christina!
    So many facial features reflect a person’s character and intent. Eye color isn’t that important to me but smiling eyes with a welcoming smile says a great deal. A ladies hair is also important. In fact the whole facial package has a holistic impact on my impression of the character. Similarly for men. An unkempt appearance with a straggly beard and hard staring eyes, maybe astride a white stallion, is good for a Western historical hero. But with faces for places and expressions for situations, you are right in saying that eyes and face are vital for a character’s impact on the reader.

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  16. I’m generally fine with whatever color authors choose, as long as the writing about them is done well. I am intrigued, though, by the–by my highly unscientific observations–large percentage of tv personalities (particularlly journalists) with not-brown eyes. Given the population percentages, lighter eyes get a leg up making it in front of cameras. As to smouldering, my beloved husband knows I adore him, but he also knows that if George Clooney chose to smoulder in my direction, I’d be reduced to goo in a heartbeat.

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  17. I’m generally fine with whatever color authors choose, as long as the writing about them is done well. I am intrigued, though, by the–by my highly unscientific observations–large percentage of tv personalities (particularlly journalists) with not-brown eyes. Given the population percentages, lighter eyes get a leg up making it in front of cameras. As to smouldering, my beloved husband knows I adore him, but he also knows that if George Clooney chose to smoulder in my direction, I’d be reduced to goo in a heartbeat.

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  18. I’m generally fine with whatever color authors choose, as long as the writing about them is done well. I am intrigued, though, by the–by my highly unscientific observations–large percentage of tv personalities (particularlly journalists) with not-brown eyes. Given the population percentages, lighter eyes get a leg up making it in front of cameras. As to smouldering, my beloved husband knows I adore him, but he also knows that if George Clooney chose to smoulder in my direction, I’d be reduced to goo in a heartbeat.

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  19. I’m generally fine with whatever color authors choose, as long as the writing about them is done well. I am intrigued, though, by the–by my highly unscientific observations–large percentage of tv personalities (particularlly journalists) with not-brown eyes. Given the population percentages, lighter eyes get a leg up making it in front of cameras. As to smouldering, my beloved husband knows I adore him, but he also knows that if George Clooney chose to smoulder in my direction, I’d be reduced to goo in a heartbeat.

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  20. I’m generally fine with whatever color authors choose, as long as the writing about them is done well. I am intrigued, though, by the–by my highly unscientific observations–large percentage of tv personalities (particularlly journalists) with not-brown eyes. Given the population percentages, lighter eyes get a leg up making it in front of cameras. As to smouldering, my beloved husband knows I adore him, but he also knows that if George Clooney chose to smoulder in my direction, I’d be reduced to goo in a heartbeat.

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  21. My own eyes are blue, but I admire all colors. I also think eyes are an important part of a characters description regardless of what color they are. Eyes can say things that words cannot.
    Your remarks on eyelashes made me think of a Joan Smith story (can’t remember the title) that has a comical character who fancies himself a portrait painter. He admires Leonardo da Vinci so much that he poses and paints all of his subjects ala Mona Lisa. Only he goes da Vinci one better and give them all eyelashes (smile).
    Loved your post.

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  22. My own eyes are blue, but I admire all colors. I also think eyes are an important part of a characters description regardless of what color they are. Eyes can say things that words cannot.
    Your remarks on eyelashes made me think of a Joan Smith story (can’t remember the title) that has a comical character who fancies himself a portrait painter. He admires Leonardo da Vinci so much that he poses and paints all of his subjects ala Mona Lisa. Only he goes da Vinci one better and give them all eyelashes (smile).
    Loved your post.

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  23. My own eyes are blue, but I admire all colors. I also think eyes are an important part of a characters description regardless of what color they are. Eyes can say things that words cannot.
    Your remarks on eyelashes made me think of a Joan Smith story (can’t remember the title) that has a comical character who fancies himself a portrait painter. He admires Leonardo da Vinci so much that he poses and paints all of his subjects ala Mona Lisa. Only he goes da Vinci one better and give them all eyelashes (smile).
    Loved your post.

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  24. My own eyes are blue, but I admire all colors. I also think eyes are an important part of a characters description regardless of what color they are. Eyes can say things that words cannot.
    Your remarks on eyelashes made me think of a Joan Smith story (can’t remember the title) that has a comical character who fancies himself a portrait painter. He admires Leonardo da Vinci so much that he poses and paints all of his subjects ala Mona Lisa. Only he goes da Vinci one better and give them all eyelashes (smile).
    Loved your post.

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  25. My own eyes are blue, but I admire all colors. I also think eyes are an important part of a characters description regardless of what color they are. Eyes can say things that words cannot.
    Your remarks on eyelashes made me think of a Joan Smith story (can’t remember the title) that has a comical character who fancies himself a portrait painter. He admires Leonardo da Vinci so much that he poses and paints all of his subjects ala Mona Lisa. Only he goes da Vinci one better and give them all eyelashes (smile).
    Loved your post.

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  26. Love the post, Christina! With regard to eyes, black or brown ones carry the dominant gene. That means that a blue-eyed mother and a brown-eyed father have a three to one chance of having a dark-eyed baby. Two blue-eyed parents will not have a brown-eyed baby – so my professor told me at university! It explains why the royal family were all blue-eyed – until blue-eyed Prince William married brown-eyed Catherine Middleton. There was only a one in three chance of their children being blue-eyed – and I’m pretty certain that none of them are.

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  27. Love the post, Christina! With regard to eyes, black or brown ones carry the dominant gene. That means that a blue-eyed mother and a brown-eyed father have a three to one chance of having a dark-eyed baby. Two blue-eyed parents will not have a brown-eyed baby – so my professor told me at university! It explains why the royal family were all blue-eyed – until blue-eyed Prince William married brown-eyed Catherine Middleton. There was only a one in three chance of their children being blue-eyed – and I’m pretty certain that none of them are.

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  28. Love the post, Christina! With regard to eyes, black or brown ones carry the dominant gene. That means that a blue-eyed mother and a brown-eyed father have a three to one chance of having a dark-eyed baby. Two blue-eyed parents will not have a brown-eyed baby – so my professor told me at university! It explains why the royal family were all blue-eyed – until blue-eyed Prince William married brown-eyed Catherine Middleton. There was only a one in three chance of their children being blue-eyed – and I’m pretty certain that none of them are.

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  29. Love the post, Christina! With regard to eyes, black or brown ones carry the dominant gene. That means that a blue-eyed mother and a brown-eyed father have a three to one chance of having a dark-eyed baby. Two blue-eyed parents will not have a brown-eyed baby – so my professor told me at university! It explains why the royal family were all blue-eyed – until blue-eyed Prince William married brown-eyed Catherine Middleton. There was only a one in three chance of their children being blue-eyed – and I’m pretty certain that none of them are.

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  30. Love the post, Christina! With regard to eyes, black or brown ones carry the dominant gene. That means that a blue-eyed mother and a brown-eyed father have a three to one chance of having a dark-eyed baby. Two blue-eyed parents will not have a brown-eyed baby – so my professor told me at university! It explains why the royal family were all blue-eyed – until blue-eyed Prince William married brown-eyed Catherine Middleton. There was only a one in three chance of their children being blue-eyed – and I’m pretty certain that none of them are.

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  31. Terrific post, Christina, and while I’m not big on math either, I really enjoyed the statistics on eye color. In terms of heroes and heroines, I get twinkling and a smoulder now and then is fine, but what I’ve never understood is “flashing eyes”. I don’t even understand what it’s supposed to mean, since, in context, it’s used for flirting, anger, hate, any number of emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen eyes “flash” in real life, but they do a lot of it in romances!

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  32. Terrific post, Christina, and while I’m not big on math either, I really enjoyed the statistics on eye color. In terms of heroes and heroines, I get twinkling and a smoulder now and then is fine, but what I’ve never understood is “flashing eyes”. I don’t even understand what it’s supposed to mean, since, in context, it’s used for flirting, anger, hate, any number of emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen eyes “flash” in real life, but they do a lot of it in romances!

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  33. Terrific post, Christina, and while I’m not big on math either, I really enjoyed the statistics on eye color. In terms of heroes and heroines, I get twinkling and a smoulder now and then is fine, but what I’ve never understood is “flashing eyes”. I don’t even understand what it’s supposed to mean, since, in context, it’s used for flirting, anger, hate, any number of emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen eyes “flash” in real life, but they do a lot of it in romances!

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  34. Terrific post, Christina, and while I’m not big on math either, I really enjoyed the statistics on eye color. In terms of heroes and heroines, I get twinkling and a smoulder now and then is fine, but what I’ve never understood is “flashing eyes”. I don’t even understand what it’s supposed to mean, since, in context, it’s used for flirting, anger, hate, any number of emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen eyes “flash” in real life, but they do a lot of it in romances!

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  35. Terrific post, Christina, and while I’m not big on math either, I really enjoyed the statistics on eye color. In terms of heroes and heroines, I get twinkling and a smoulder now and then is fine, but what I’ve never understood is “flashing eyes”. I don’t even understand what it’s supposed to mean, since, in context, it’s used for flirting, anger, hate, any number of emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen eyes “flash” in real life, but they do a lot of it in romances!

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  36. Vikings used make-up? Another illusion shattered! But a very interesting post, Christina.
    But eyes do get a lot of attention in romances, I think. They’re a very useful tool for characterization and emotion, and romances are all about the emotion. Plus, interest in another person generally does involve paying attention to eyes.
    I try to pay attention to the genetic heritage of my characters, which means lots of blue and gray and green and changeable eyes since most of my books are set in the British Isles. I’d like to see those turquoise eyes!

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  37. Vikings used make-up? Another illusion shattered! But a very interesting post, Christina.
    But eyes do get a lot of attention in romances, I think. They’re a very useful tool for characterization and emotion, and romances are all about the emotion. Plus, interest in another person generally does involve paying attention to eyes.
    I try to pay attention to the genetic heritage of my characters, which means lots of blue and gray and green and changeable eyes since most of my books are set in the British Isles. I’d like to see those turquoise eyes!

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  38. Vikings used make-up? Another illusion shattered! But a very interesting post, Christina.
    But eyes do get a lot of attention in romances, I think. They’re a very useful tool for characterization and emotion, and romances are all about the emotion. Plus, interest in another person generally does involve paying attention to eyes.
    I try to pay attention to the genetic heritage of my characters, which means lots of blue and gray and green and changeable eyes since most of my books are set in the British Isles. I’d like to see those turquoise eyes!

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  39. Vikings used make-up? Another illusion shattered! But a very interesting post, Christina.
    But eyes do get a lot of attention in romances, I think. They’re a very useful tool for characterization and emotion, and romances are all about the emotion. Plus, interest in another person generally does involve paying attention to eyes.
    I try to pay attention to the genetic heritage of my characters, which means lots of blue and gray and green and changeable eyes since most of my books are set in the British Isles. I’d like to see those turquoise eyes!

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  40. Vikings used make-up? Another illusion shattered! But a very interesting post, Christina.
    But eyes do get a lot of attention in romances, I think. They’re a very useful tool for characterization and emotion, and romances are all about the emotion. Plus, interest in another person generally does involve paying attention to eyes.
    I try to pay attention to the genetic heritage of my characters, which means lots of blue and gray and green and changeable eyes since most of my books are set in the British Isles. I’d like to see those turquoise eyes!

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  41. Personally, I love green eyes. Blue always seems kind of cold to me, so brown or hazel would be my second choice.
    As far as eyelashes, my husband has beautiful naturally long lashes, longer than mine, and it’s quite unfair and annoying! However I’m glad my lashes and brows are naturally black, so no need to darken them.

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  42. Personally, I love green eyes. Blue always seems kind of cold to me, so brown or hazel would be my second choice.
    As far as eyelashes, my husband has beautiful naturally long lashes, longer than mine, and it’s quite unfair and annoying! However I’m glad my lashes and brows are naturally black, so no need to darken them.

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  43. Personally, I love green eyes. Blue always seems kind of cold to me, so brown or hazel would be my second choice.
    As far as eyelashes, my husband has beautiful naturally long lashes, longer than mine, and it’s quite unfair and annoying! However I’m glad my lashes and brows are naturally black, so no need to darken them.

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  44. Personally, I love green eyes. Blue always seems kind of cold to me, so brown or hazel would be my second choice.
    As far as eyelashes, my husband has beautiful naturally long lashes, longer than mine, and it’s quite unfair and annoying! However I’m glad my lashes and brows are naturally black, so no need to darken them.

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  45. Personally, I love green eyes. Blue always seems kind of cold to me, so brown or hazel would be my second choice.
    As far as eyelashes, my husband has beautiful naturally long lashes, longer than mine, and it’s quite unfair and annoying! However I’m glad my lashes and brows are naturally black, so no need to darken them.

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  46. LOL – red hair (for females) usually bothers me more than the eye color, although I have to say I do like it when a character has nice brown eyes. If they are more common in real life, I definitely see a lack of them in my fiction.

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  47. LOL – red hair (for females) usually bothers me more than the eye color, although I have to say I do like it when a character has nice brown eyes. If they are more common in real life, I definitely see a lack of them in my fiction.

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  48. LOL – red hair (for females) usually bothers me more than the eye color, although I have to say I do like it when a character has nice brown eyes. If they are more common in real life, I definitely see a lack of them in my fiction.

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  49. LOL – red hair (for females) usually bothers me more than the eye color, although I have to say I do like it when a character has nice brown eyes. If they are more common in real life, I definitely see a lack of them in my fiction.

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  50. LOL – red hair (for females) usually bothers me more than the eye color, although I have to say I do like it when a character has nice brown eyes. If they are more common in real life, I definitely see a lack of them in my fiction.

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  51. I’ve become fascinated with the condition called Heterochromia, where a person can have different colored or bi-colored eyes. Romantic suspense author Karen Rose makes particular use of the phenomenon with the character FBI agent Deacon Novak and his sister, Dr. Dani, who has a similar condition. Deacon’s eyes are frequently concealed by wraparound shades, but when he takes them off, he could almost be a character from the Marvel comics universe. Fascinating. Novak is introduced in Rose’s Closer Than You Think, and later on, gets his own book,and is often a featured character. Did I mention his hair is also pure white? Definitely a memorable character. To quote a phrase that has been reputedly used in literature and film: The Eyes Have It. Thanks for this fascinating post, Christina.

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  52. I’ve become fascinated with the condition called Heterochromia, where a person can have different colored or bi-colored eyes. Romantic suspense author Karen Rose makes particular use of the phenomenon with the character FBI agent Deacon Novak and his sister, Dr. Dani, who has a similar condition. Deacon’s eyes are frequently concealed by wraparound shades, but when he takes them off, he could almost be a character from the Marvel comics universe. Fascinating. Novak is introduced in Rose’s Closer Than You Think, and later on, gets his own book,and is often a featured character. Did I mention his hair is also pure white? Definitely a memorable character. To quote a phrase that has been reputedly used in literature and film: The Eyes Have It. Thanks for this fascinating post, Christina.

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  53. I’ve become fascinated with the condition called Heterochromia, where a person can have different colored or bi-colored eyes. Romantic suspense author Karen Rose makes particular use of the phenomenon with the character FBI agent Deacon Novak and his sister, Dr. Dani, who has a similar condition. Deacon’s eyes are frequently concealed by wraparound shades, but when he takes them off, he could almost be a character from the Marvel comics universe. Fascinating. Novak is introduced in Rose’s Closer Than You Think, and later on, gets his own book,and is often a featured character. Did I mention his hair is also pure white? Definitely a memorable character. To quote a phrase that has been reputedly used in literature and film: The Eyes Have It. Thanks for this fascinating post, Christina.

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  54. I’ve become fascinated with the condition called Heterochromia, where a person can have different colored or bi-colored eyes. Romantic suspense author Karen Rose makes particular use of the phenomenon with the character FBI agent Deacon Novak and his sister, Dr. Dani, who has a similar condition. Deacon’s eyes are frequently concealed by wraparound shades, but when he takes them off, he could almost be a character from the Marvel comics universe. Fascinating. Novak is introduced in Rose’s Closer Than You Think, and later on, gets his own book,and is often a featured character. Did I mention his hair is also pure white? Definitely a memorable character. To quote a phrase that has been reputedly used in literature and film: The Eyes Have It. Thanks for this fascinating post, Christina.

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  55. I’ve become fascinated with the condition called Heterochromia, where a person can have different colored or bi-colored eyes. Romantic suspense author Karen Rose makes particular use of the phenomenon with the character FBI agent Deacon Novak and his sister, Dr. Dani, who has a similar condition. Deacon’s eyes are frequently concealed by wraparound shades, but when he takes them off, he could almost be a character from the Marvel comics universe. Fascinating. Novak is introduced in Rose’s Closer Than You Think, and later on, gets his own book,and is often a featured character. Did I mention his hair is also pure white? Definitely a memorable character. To quote a phrase that has been reputedly used in literature and film: The Eyes Have It. Thanks for this fascinating post, Christina.

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  56. I do not notice the color so much as the thought showing there. Unless the color is very unusual. I have and like blue eyes. Oddly my husband often told me how he loved my very blue eyes, but when I look in the mirror they are more gray-blue. I also think they change color.
    I do not mind many characters in books having green eyes. What I do find odd is when they first meet they can see details in the eye color – gold specks, ring around the iris – how is this possible on first glimpse as they do not get that close.
    Eyes will be more important at this time when most of us are wearing masks and the eyes are our only view of the face. I hope people will use their eyes wisely when meeting others wearing masks. A smile will show in your eyes.

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  57. I do not notice the color so much as the thought showing there. Unless the color is very unusual. I have and like blue eyes. Oddly my husband often told me how he loved my very blue eyes, but when I look in the mirror they are more gray-blue. I also think they change color.
    I do not mind many characters in books having green eyes. What I do find odd is when they first meet they can see details in the eye color – gold specks, ring around the iris – how is this possible on first glimpse as they do not get that close.
    Eyes will be more important at this time when most of us are wearing masks and the eyes are our only view of the face. I hope people will use their eyes wisely when meeting others wearing masks. A smile will show in your eyes.

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  58. I do not notice the color so much as the thought showing there. Unless the color is very unusual. I have and like blue eyes. Oddly my husband often told me how he loved my very blue eyes, but when I look in the mirror they are more gray-blue. I also think they change color.
    I do not mind many characters in books having green eyes. What I do find odd is when they first meet they can see details in the eye color – gold specks, ring around the iris – how is this possible on first glimpse as they do not get that close.
    Eyes will be more important at this time when most of us are wearing masks and the eyes are our only view of the face. I hope people will use their eyes wisely when meeting others wearing masks. A smile will show in your eyes.

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  59. I do not notice the color so much as the thought showing there. Unless the color is very unusual. I have and like blue eyes. Oddly my husband often told me how he loved my very blue eyes, but when I look in the mirror they are more gray-blue. I also think they change color.
    I do not mind many characters in books having green eyes. What I do find odd is when they first meet they can see details in the eye color – gold specks, ring around the iris – how is this possible on first glimpse as they do not get that close.
    Eyes will be more important at this time when most of us are wearing masks and the eyes are our only view of the face. I hope people will use their eyes wisely when meeting others wearing masks. A smile will show in your eyes.

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  60. I do not notice the color so much as the thought showing there. Unless the color is very unusual. I have and like blue eyes. Oddly my husband often told me how he loved my very blue eyes, but when I look in the mirror they are more gray-blue. I also think they change color.
    I do not mind many characters in books having green eyes. What I do find odd is when they first meet they can see details in the eye color – gold specks, ring around the iris – how is this possible on first glimpse as they do not get that close.
    Eyes will be more important at this time when most of us are wearing masks and the eyes are our only view of the face. I hope people will use their eyes wisely when meeting others wearing masks. A smile will show in your eyes.

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  61. Thank you for this post. Very interesting.
    I believe that the expression in someone’s eyes can tell a great deal. But, I am not always that observant.
    There is a myth, that if one of the parents has brown eyes, children will all have brown eyes. My father had brown eyes, 5 kids, 3 with blue eyes, and I have grey eyes, which become blue, green or sort of aqua depending on what I am wearing. My half sister has brown eyes.
    Welsh, Scottish, French and Dutch genes….probably more, but no idea what they may be.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  62. Thank you for this post. Very interesting.
    I believe that the expression in someone’s eyes can tell a great deal. But, I am not always that observant.
    There is a myth, that if one of the parents has brown eyes, children will all have brown eyes. My father had brown eyes, 5 kids, 3 with blue eyes, and I have grey eyes, which become blue, green or sort of aqua depending on what I am wearing. My half sister has brown eyes.
    Welsh, Scottish, French and Dutch genes….probably more, but no idea what they may be.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  63. Thank you for this post. Very interesting.
    I believe that the expression in someone’s eyes can tell a great deal. But, I am not always that observant.
    There is a myth, that if one of the parents has brown eyes, children will all have brown eyes. My father had brown eyes, 5 kids, 3 with blue eyes, and I have grey eyes, which become blue, green or sort of aqua depending on what I am wearing. My half sister has brown eyes.
    Welsh, Scottish, French and Dutch genes….probably more, but no idea what they may be.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  64. Thank you for this post. Very interesting.
    I believe that the expression in someone’s eyes can tell a great deal. But, I am not always that observant.
    There is a myth, that if one of the parents has brown eyes, children will all have brown eyes. My father had brown eyes, 5 kids, 3 with blue eyes, and I have grey eyes, which become blue, green or sort of aqua depending on what I am wearing. My half sister has brown eyes.
    Welsh, Scottish, French and Dutch genes….probably more, but no idea what they may be.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  65. Thank you for this post. Very interesting.
    I believe that the expression in someone’s eyes can tell a great deal. But, I am not always that observant.
    There is a myth, that if one of the parents has brown eyes, children will all have brown eyes. My father had brown eyes, 5 kids, 3 with blue eyes, and I have grey eyes, which become blue, green or sort of aqua depending on what I am wearing. My half sister has brown eyes.
    Welsh, Scottish, French and Dutch genes….probably more, but no idea what they may be.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  66. Thanks for a fascinating post, Christina! With the abundance of fictional dukes in historical romances (as compared to the number that truly existed), I can’t help but wonder how many of them are green-eyed. Did any of your eye color research mention how frequently mismatched eye color (heterochromia) occurs? I see that situation pop up every so often in books.

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  67. Thanks for a fascinating post, Christina! With the abundance of fictional dukes in historical romances (as compared to the number that truly existed), I can’t help but wonder how many of them are green-eyed. Did any of your eye color research mention how frequently mismatched eye color (heterochromia) occurs? I see that situation pop up every so often in books.

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  68. Thanks for a fascinating post, Christina! With the abundance of fictional dukes in historical romances (as compared to the number that truly existed), I can’t help but wonder how many of them are green-eyed. Did any of your eye color research mention how frequently mismatched eye color (heterochromia) occurs? I see that situation pop up every so often in books.

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  69. Thanks for a fascinating post, Christina! With the abundance of fictional dukes in historical romances (as compared to the number that truly existed), I can’t help but wonder how many of them are green-eyed. Did any of your eye color research mention how frequently mismatched eye color (heterochromia) occurs? I see that situation pop up every so often in books.

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  70. Thanks for a fascinating post, Christina! With the abundance of fictional dukes in historical romances (as compared to the number that truly existed), I can’t help but wonder how many of them are green-eyed. Did any of your eye color research mention how frequently mismatched eye color (heterochromia) occurs? I see that situation pop up every so often in books.

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  71. Second attempt as my first comment appears to have disappeared into the ether.
    Thank you, Christina, for an informative post with some … ahem … eye-catching pictures.
    Did any of your research discuss people with eyes of different colors (heterochromia)? I’ve seen that pop up occasionally in my reading.

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  72. Second attempt as my first comment appears to have disappeared into the ether.
    Thank you, Christina, for an informative post with some … ahem … eye-catching pictures.
    Did any of your research discuss people with eyes of different colors (heterochromia)? I’ve seen that pop up occasionally in my reading.

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  73. Second attempt as my first comment appears to have disappeared into the ether.
    Thank you, Christina, for an informative post with some … ahem … eye-catching pictures.
    Did any of your research discuss people with eyes of different colors (heterochromia)? I’ve seen that pop up occasionally in my reading.

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  74. Second attempt as my first comment appears to have disappeared into the ether.
    Thank you, Christina, for an informative post with some … ahem … eye-catching pictures.
    Did any of your research discuss people with eyes of different colors (heterochromia)? I’ve seen that pop up occasionally in my reading.

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  75. Second attempt as my first comment appears to have disappeared into the ether.
    Thank you, Christina, for an informative post with some … ahem … eye-catching pictures.
    Did any of your research discuss people with eyes of different colors (heterochromia)? I’ve seen that pop up occasionally in my reading.

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  76. I have green eyes, now as I get older fading to grey. I loved being different as all my sisters and brothers had blue eyes.Dad had green, mom had blue.

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  77. I have green eyes, now as I get older fading to grey. I loved being different as all my sisters and brothers had blue eyes.Dad had green, mom had blue.

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  78. I have green eyes, now as I get older fading to grey. I loved being different as all my sisters and brothers had blue eyes.Dad had green, mom had blue.

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  79. I have green eyes, now as I get older fading to grey. I loved being different as all my sisters and brothers had blue eyes.Dad had green, mom had blue.

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  80. I have green eyes, now as I get older fading to grey. I loved being different as all my sisters and brothers had blue eyes.Dad had green, mom had blue.

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  81. I used to do the emphasis on the eye color way back in the day when I tried to make the character distinctive in the reader’s eyes. These days, eye color gets mentioned in passing, usually as a family trait, and I focus more on the scenery and action than a character’s looks. Not sure what that says about me.

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  82. I used to do the emphasis on the eye color way back in the day when I tried to make the character distinctive in the reader’s eyes. These days, eye color gets mentioned in passing, usually as a family trait, and I focus more on the scenery and action than a character’s looks. Not sure what that says about me.

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  83. I used to do the emphasis on the eye color way back in the day when I tried to make the character distinctive in the reader’s eyes. These days, eye color gets mentioned in passing, usually as a family trait, and I focus more on the scenery and action than a character’s looks. Not sure what that says about me.

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  84. I used to do the emphasis on the eye color way back in the day when I tried to make the character distinctive in the reader’s eyes. These days, eye color gets mentioned in passing, usually as a family trait, and I focus more on the scenery and action than a character’s looks. Not sure what that says about me.

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  85. I used to do the emphasis on the eye color way back in the day when I tried to make the character distinctive in the reader’s eyes. These days, eye color gets mentioned in passing, usually as a family trait, and I focus more on the scenery and action than a character’s looks. Not sure what that says about me.

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  86. I agree, Fiona, eyes can change colour depending on emotions and of course things like light can make a difference too. Mine are definitely a clearer colour in sunlight! And my mother’s are a bright blue but go very dark if she’s angry 🙂 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  87. I agree, Fiona, eyes can change colour depending on emotions and of course things like light can make a difference too. Mine are definitely a clearer colour in sunlight! And my mother’s are a bright blue but go very dark if she’s angry 🙂 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  88. I agree, Fiona, eyes can change colour depending on emotions and of course things like light can make a difference too. Mine are definitely a clearer colour in sunlight! And my mother’s are a bright blue but go very dark if she’s angry 🙂 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  89. I agree, Fiona, eyes can change colour depending on emotions and of course things like light can make a difference too. Mine are definitely a clearer colour in sunlight! And my mother’s are a bright blue but go very dark if she’s angry 🙂 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  90. I agree, Fiona, eyes can change colour depending on emotions and of course things like light can make a difference too. Mine are definitely a clearer colour in sunlight! And my mother’s are a bright blue but go very dark if she’s angry 🙂 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  91. Thank you, I’m glad you agree – and yes, smiling eyes are great! They can really mirror our emotions and I love when a hero’s eyes twinkle with humour. It’s true that the whole package is important though! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  92. Thank you, I’m glad you agree – and yes, smiling eyes are great! They can really mirror our emotions and I love when a hero’s eyes twinkle with humour. It’s true that the whole package is important though! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  93. Thank you, I’m glad you agree – and yes, smiling eyes are great! They can really mirror our emotions and I love when a hero’s eyes twinkle with humour. It’s true that the whole package is important though! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  94. Thank you, I’m glad you agree – and yes, smiling eyes are great! They can really mirror our emotions and I love when a hero’s eyes twinkle with humour. It’s true that the whole package is important though! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  95. Thank you, I’m glad you agree – and yes, smiling eyes are great! They can really mirror our emotions and I love when a hero’s eyes twinkle with humour. It’s true that the whole package is important though! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  96. That’s very interesting, Margaret, I hadn’t noticed that about tv personalities! I must admit I don’t watch much tv these days but I will definitely look more closely next time. As for George Clooney – I’m glad your husband is so understanding! 😀 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  97. That’s very interesting, Margaret, I hadn’t noticed that about tv personalities! I must admit I don’t watch much tv these days but I will definitely look more closely next time. As for George Clooney – I’m glad your husband is so understanding! 😀 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  98. That’s very interesting, Margaret, I hadn’t noticed that about tv personalities! I must admit I don’t watch much tv these days but I will definitely look more closely next time. As for George Clooney – I’m glad your husband is so understanding! 😀 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  99. That’s very interesting, Margaret, I hadn’t noticed that about tv personalities! I must admit I don’t watch much tv these days but I will definitely look more closely next time. As for George Clooney – I’m glad your husband is so understanding! 😀 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  100. That’s very interesting, Margaret, I hadn’t noticed that about tv personalities! I must admit I don’t watch much tv these days but I will definitely look more closely next time. As for George Clooney – I’m glad your husband is so understanding! 😀 (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  101. Thank you Mary, so glad you enjoyed it! That’s so funny about the eyelashes – hopefully all those Mona Lisa’s looked a lot better with long eyelashes or perhaps it just made them more enigmatic? Would love to see that!
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  102. Thank you Mary, so glad you enjoyed it! That’s so funny about the eyelashes – hopefully all those Mona Lisa’s looked a lot better with long eyelashes or perhaps it just made them more enigmatic? Would love to see that!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  103. Thank you Mary, so glad you enjoyed it! That’s so funny about the eyelashes – hopefully all those Mona Lisa’s looked a lot better with long eyelashes or perhaps it just made them more enigmatic? Would love to see that!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  104. Thank you Mary, so glad you enjoyed it! That’s so funny about the eyelashes – hopefully all those Mona Lisa’s looked a lot better with long eyelashes or perhaps it just made them more enigmatic? Would love to see that!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  105. Thank you Mary, so glad you enjoyed it! That’s so funny about the eyelashes – hopefully all those Mona Lisa’s looked a lot better with long eyelashes or perhaps it just made them more enigmatic? Would love to see that!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  106. Thank you Elizabeth! Genetics is a fascinating subject, isn’t it? My grandparents had three daughters, all with different coloured eyes: blue, hazel and brown. Grandpa’s were blue, grandma’s brown so I guess they sort of proved that theory. (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  107. Thank you Elizabeth! Genetics is a fascinating subject, isn’t it? My grandparents had three daughters, all with different coloured eyes: blue, hazel and brown. Grandpa’s were blue, grandma’s brown so I guess they sort of proved that theory. (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  108. Thank you Elizabeth! Genetics is a fascinating subject, isn’t it? My grandparents had three daughters, all with different coloured eyes: blue, hazel and brown. Grandpa’s were blue, grandma’s brown so I guess they sort of proved that theory. (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  109. Thank you Elizabeth! Genetics is a fascinating subject, isn’t it? My grandparents had three daughters, all with different coloured eyes: blue, hazel and brown. Grandpa’s were blue, grandma’s brown so I guess they sort of proved that theory. (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  110. Thank you Elizabeth! Genetics is a fascinating subject, isn’t it? My grandparents had three daughters, all with different coloured eyes: blue, hazel and brown. Grandpa’s were blue, grandma’s brown so I guess they sort of proved that theory. (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  111. Many thanks, Constance! Yes, flashing eyes is perhaps a strange way of describing it – one of my friends hates that expression. For me it just means when the hero or heroine shoot you an angry or smouldering glance so that the light sort of bounces off the eyes. Not sure I’m putting it very well either! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  112. Many thanks, Constance! Yes, flashing eyes is perhaps a strange way of describing it – one of my friends hates that expression. For me it just means when the hero or heroine shoot you an angry or smouldering glance so that the light sort of bounces off the eyes. Not sure I’m putting it very well either! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  113. Many thanks, Constance! Yes, flashing eyes is perhaps a strange way of describing it – one of my friends hates that expression. For me it just means when the hero or heroine shoot you an angry or smouldering glance so that the light sort of bounces off the eyes. Not sure I’m putting it very well either! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  114. Many thanks, Constance! Yes, flashing eyes is perhaps a strange way of describing it – one of my friends hates that expression. For me it just means when the hero or heroine shoot you an angry or smouldering glance so that the light sort of bounces off the eyes. Not sure I’m putting it very well either! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  115. Many thanks, Constance! Yes, flashing eyes is perhaps a strange way of describing it – one of my friends hates that expression. For me it just means when the hero or heroine shoot you an angry or smouldering glance so that the light sort of bounces off the eyes. Not sure I’m putting it very well either! (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  116. Yes, but only some of them, or so I understand.
    I think eyes and eye contact must have been so much more important in times gone by when men and women weren’t allowed to touch in any way unless they were married. You can say a lot with just one glance, can’t you?
    Good point about the heritage!

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  117. Yes, but only some of them, or so I understand.
    I think eyes and eye contact must have been so much more important in times gone by when men and women weren’t allowed to touch in any way unless they were married. You can say a lot with just one glance, can’t you?
    Good point about the heritage!

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  118. Yes, but only some of them, or so I understand.
    I think eyes and eye contact must have been so much more important in times gone by when men and women weren’t allowed to touch in any way unless they were married. You can say a lot with just one glance, can’t you?
    Good point about the heritage!

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  119. Yes, but only some of them, or so I understand.
    I think eyes and eye contact must have been so much more important in times gone by when men and women weren’t allowed to touch in any way unless they were married. You can say a lot with just one glance, can’t you?
    Good point about the heritage!

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  120. Yes, but only some of them, or so I understand.
    I think eyes and eye contact must have been so much more important in times gone by when men and women weren’t allowed to touch in any way unless they were married. You can say a lot with just one glance, can’t you?
    Good point about the heritage!

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  121. Oh, I know that feeling – my brother has much longer eyelashes than me and I always felt it was most unfair! Thank goodness for mascara! You’re lucky to have really dark ones – I know it’s possible to have them coloured but I would be too scared to attempt it. As for blue eyes, it really depends on the person’s emotions I think – my daughter has blue eyes and when she’s happy it’s a very warm colour.
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  122. Oh, I know that feeling – my brother has much longer eyelashes than me and I always felt it was most unfair! Thank goodness for mascara! You’re lucky to have really dark ones – I know it’s possible to have them coloured but I would be too scared to attempt it. As for blue eyes, it really depends on the person’s emotions I think – my daughter has blue eyes and when she’s happy it’s a very warm colour.
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  123. Oh, I know that feeling – my brother has much longer eyelashes than me and I always felt it was most unfair! Thank goodness for mascara! You’re lucky to have really dark ones – I know it’s possible to have them coloured but I would be too scared to attempt it. As for blue eyes, it really depends on the person’s emotions I think – my daughter has blue eyes and when she’s happy it’s a very warm colour.
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  124. Oh, I know that feeling – my brother has much longer eyelashes than me and I always felt it was most unfair! Thank goodness for mascara! You’re lucky to have really dark ones – I know it’s possible to have them coloured but I would be too scared to attempt it. As for blue eyes, it really depends on the person’s emotions I think – my daughter has blue eyes and when she’s happy it’s a very warm colour.
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  125. Oh, I know that feeling – my brother has much longer eyelashes than me and I always felt it was most unfair! Thank goodness for mascara! You’re lucky to have really dark ones – I know it’s possible to have them coloured but I would be too scared to attempt it. As for blue eyes, it really depends on the person’s emotions I think – my daughter has blue eyes and when she’s happy it’s a very warm colour.
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  126. There does seem to be an abundance of red-haired heroines, but it definitely makes them stand out and I think it’s a beautiful colour! As I said, I do try to vary my character’s eye colour and the heroine in the book I’m working on at the moment has amber eyes (like the girl in my second photo above). (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  127. There does seem to be an abundance of red-haired heroines, but it definitely makes them stand out and I think it’s a beautiful colour! As I said, I do try to vary my character’s eye colour and the heroine in the book I’m working on at the moment has amber eyes (like the girl in my second photo above). (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  128. There does seem to be an abundance of red-haired heroines, but it definitely makes them stand out and I think it’s a beautiful colour! As I said, I do try to vary my character’s eye colour and the heroine in the book I’m working on at the moment has amber eyes (like the girl in my second photo above). (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  129. There does seem to be an abundance of red-haired heroines, but it definitely makes them stand out and I think it’s a beautiful colour! As I said, I do try to vary my character’s eye colour and the heroine in the book I’m working on at the moment has amber eyes (like the girl in my second photo above). (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  130. There does seem to be an abundance of red-haired heroines, but it definitely makes them stand out and I think it’s a beautiful colour! As I said, I do try to vary my character’s eye colour and the heroine in the book I’m working on at the moment has amber eyes (like the girl in my second photo above). (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  131. That does sound interesting, Binnie, and a great thing for a fictional hero to have. It would certainly make him stand out! I wonder how common that condition is? I believe you can have different coloured eyes after having an accident too. Definitely something to think about for a future hero/heroine – thank you!
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  132. That does sound interesting, Binnie, and a great thing for a fictional hero to have. It would certainly make him stand out! I wonder how common that condition is? I believe you can have different coloured eyes after having an accident too. Definitely something to think about for a future hero/heroine – thank you!
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  133. That does sound interesting, Binnie, and a great thing for a fictional hero to have. It would certainly make him stand out! I wonder how common that condition is? I believe you can have different coloured eyes after having an accident too. Definitely something to think about for a future hero/heroine – thank you!
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  134. That does sound interesting, Binnie, and a great thing for a fictional hero to have. It would certainly make him stand out! I wonder how common that condition is? I believe you can have different coloured eyes after having an accident too. Definitely something to think about for a future hero/heroine – thank you!
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  135. That does sound interesting, Binnie, and a great thing for a fictional hero to have. It would certainly make him stand out! I wonder how common that condition is? I believe you can have different coloured eyes after having an accident too. Definitely something to think about for a future hero/heroine – thank you!
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  136. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, Margot, as I heard someone say it’s much easier to only pretend to smile when people can only see your eyes above the face mask. Hopefully most people are sincere and really smile underneath as well.
    Good point about the eye details – you’re right that you would only see things like that on very close inspection and not at first glance!
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  137. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, Margot, as I heard someone say it’s much easier to only pretend to smile when people can only see your eyes above the face mask. Hopefully most people are sincere and really smile underneath as well.
    Good point about the eye details – you’re right that you would only see things like that on very close inspection and not at first glance!
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  138. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, Margot, as I heard someone say it’s much easier to only pretend to smile when people can only see your eyes above the face mask. Hopefully most people are sincere and really smile underneath as well.
    Good point about the eye details – you’re right that you would only see things like that on very close inspection and not at first glance!
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  139. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, Margot, as I heard someone say it’s much easier to only pretend to smile when people can only see your eyes above the face mask. Hopefully most people are sincere and really smile underneath as well.
    Good point about the eye details – you’re right that you would only see things like that on very close inspection and not at first glance!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  140. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, Margot, as I heard someone say it’s much easier to only pretend to smile when people can only see your eyes above the face mask. Hopefully most people are sincere and really smile underneath as well.
    Good point about the eye details – you’re right that you would only see things like that on very close inspection and not at first glance!
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  141. Thank you, Annette – yes, Elizabeth and Mary Jo mentioned genetic inheritance too, it’s a fascinating subject! I’m pretty sure that we can inherit things from a couple of generations back so you just never know what colour eyes a child will have.
    It’s interesting how our eyes can change colour depending on what we wear, isn’t it? And things like eyeshadow can do that too. For some strange reason lilac seems to enhance the green in mine – no idea why!
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  142. Thank you, Annette – yes, Elizabeth and Mary Jo mentioned genetic inheritance too, it’s a fascinating subject! I’m pretty sure that we can inherit things from a couple of generations back so you just never know what colour eyes a child will have.
    It’s interesting how our eyes can change colour depending on what we wear, isn’t it? And things like eyeshadow can do that too. For some strange reason lilac seems to enhance the green in mine – no idea why!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  143. Thank you, Annette – yes, Elizabeth and Mary Jo mentioned genetic inheritance too, it’s a fascinating subject! I’m pretty sure that we can inherit things from a couple of generations back so you just never know what colour eyes a child will have.
    It’s interesting how our eyes can change colour depending on what we wear, isn’t it? And things like eyeshadow can do that too. For some strange reason lilac seems to enhance the green in mine – no idea why!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  144. Thank you, Annette – yes, Elizabeth and Mary Jo mentioned genetic inheritance too, it’s a fascinating subject! I’m pretty sure that we can inherit things from a couple of generations back so you just never know what colour eyes a child will have.
    It’s interesting how our eyes can change colour depending on what we wear, isn’t it? And things like eyeshadow can do that too. For some strange reason lilac seems to enhance the green in mine – no idea why!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  145. Thank you, Annette – yes, Elizabeth and Mary Jo mentioned genetic inheritance too, it’s a fascinating subject! I’m pretty sure that we can inherit things from a couple of generations back so you just never know what colour eyes a child will have.
    It’s interesting how our eyes can change colour depending on what we wear, isn’t it? And things like eyeshadow can do that too. For some strange reason lilac seems to enhance the green in mine – no idea why!
    (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  146. Thank you Kareni and apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear, but now I’ve got both of yours! I didn’t look into heterochromia but Binne mentioned it above – it does make for a very interesting look. You’re so right about the dukes LOL – I will have to pay more attention to their eye colour from now on but there are definitely too many of them! There must be lots of green-eyed ones with very long eyelashes 🙂

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  147. Thank you Kareni and apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear, but now I’ve got both of yours! I didn’t look into heterochromia but Binne mentioned it above – it does make for a very interesting look. You’re so right about the dukes LOL – I will have to pay more attention to their eye colour from now on but there are definitely too many of them! There must be lots of green-eyed ones with very long eyelashes 🙂

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  148. Thank you Kareni and apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear, but now I’ve got both of yours! I didn’t look into heterochromia but Binne mentioned it above – it does make for a very interesting look. You’re so right about the dukes LOL – I will have to pay more attention to their eye colour from now on but there are definitely too many of them! There must be lots of green-eyed ones with very long eyelashes 🙂

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  149. Thank you Kareni and apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear, but now I’ve got both of yours! I didn’t look into heterochromia but Binne mentioned it above – it does make for a very interesting look. You’re so right about the dukes LOL – I will have to pay more attention to their eye colour from now on but there are definitely too many of them! There must be lots of green-eyed ones with very long eyelashes 🙂

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  150. Thank you Kareni and apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear, but now I’ve got both of yours! I didn’t look into heterochromia but Binne mentioned it above – it does make for a very interesting look. You’re so right about the dukes LOL – I will have to pay more attention to their eye colour from now on but there are definitely too many of them! There must be lots of green-eyed ones with very long eyelashes 🙂

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  151. Same here, Cindy, on both counts! Interesting that you feel they are changing colour now though – perhaps it depends on what you’re wearing? (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  152. Same here, Cindy, on both counts! Interesting that you feel they are changing colour now though – perhaps it depends on what you’re wearing? (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  153. Same here, Cindy, on both counts! Interesting that you feel they are changing colour now though – perhaps it depends on what you’re wearing? (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  154. Same here, Cindy, on both counts! Interesting that you feel they are changing colour now though – perhaps it depends on what you’re wearing? (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  155. Same here, Cindy, on both counts! Interesting that you feel they are changing colour now though – perhaps it depends on what you’re wearing? (Apologies for the late reply – something went wrong with the comments today and they didn’t appear.)

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  156. We all do things differently, don’t we, and that makes it more interesting! I know some authors don’t do descriptions of any kind, whereas others decribe their characters in minute detail. I think mine are somewhere in between, but I do like to emphasise the eyes. It probably also depends on the type of book/story, don’t you think?

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  157. We all do things differently, don’t we, and that makes it more interesting! I know some authors don’t do descriptions of any kind, whereas others decribe their characters in minute detail. I think mine are somewhere in between, but I do like to emphasise the eyes. It probably also depends on the type of book/story, don’t you think?

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  158. We all do things differently, don’t we, and that makes it more interesting! I know some authors don’t do descriptions of any kind, whereas others decribe their characters in minute detail. I think mine are somewhere in between, but I do like to emphasise the eyes. It probably also depends on the type of book/story, don’t you think?

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  159. We all do things differently, don’t we, and that makes it more interesting! I know some authors don’t do descriptions of any kind, whereas others decribe their characters in minute detail. I think mine are somewhere in between, but I do like to emphasise the eyes. It probably also depends on the type of book/story, don’t you think?

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  160. We all do things differently, don’t we, and that makes it more interesting! I know some authors don’t do descriptions of any kind, whereas others decribe their characters in minute detail. I think mine are somewhere in between, but I do like to emphasise the eyes. It probably also depends on the type of book/story, don’t you think?

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  161. Great post, Pia. I’ve always seen eye color as something of a metaphor, as well as description, and I often tend towards grey eyes for heroes. As for colours changing, my eyes are blue, but can look green or almost grey, depending on what I’m wearing.
    I have written that eyes flash — it’s not an electric flash, though, but a metaphor for a fleeting or sudden burst of emotion of some kind. We also say eyes glow — again that’s an emotional thing rather than a physical action.

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  162. Great post, Pia. I’ve always seen eye color as something of a metaphor, as well as description, and I often tend towards grey eyes for heroes. As for colours changing, my eyes are blue, but can look green or almost grey, depending on what I’m wearing.
    I have written that eyes flash — it’s not an electric flash, though, but a metaphor for a fleeting or sudden burst of emotion of some kind. We also say eyes glow — again that’s an emotional thing rather than a physical action.

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  163. Great post, Pia. I’ve always seen eye color as something of a metaphor, as well as description, and I often tend towards grey eyes for heroes. As for colours changing, my eyes are blue, but can look green or almost grey, depending on what I’m wearing.
    I have written that eyes flash — it’s not an electric flash, though, but a metaphor for a fleeting or sudden burst of emotion of some kind. We also say eyes glow — again that’s an emotional thing rather than a physical action.

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  164. Great post, Pia. I’ve always seen eye color as something of a metaphor, as well as description, and I often tend towards grey eyes for heroes. As for colours changing, my eyes are blue, but can look green or almost grey, depending on what I’m wearing.
    I have written that eyes flash — it’s not an electric flash, though, but a metaphor for a fleeting or sudden burst of emotion of some kind. We also say eyes glow — again that’s an emotional thing rather than a physical action.

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  165. Great post, Pia. I’ve always seen eye color as something of a metaphor, as well as description, and I often tend towards grey eyes for heroes. As for colours changing, my eyes are blue, but can look green or almost grey, depending on what I’m wearing.
    I have written that eyes flash — it’s not an electric flash, though, but a metaphor for a fleeting or sudden burst of emotion of some kind. We also say eyes glow — again that’s an emotional thing rather than a physical action.

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  166. I had a boyfriend with eyes of two different colors. It’s interesting but goes with some genetically linked eye problems that are less fun.
    People have two different genes for eye color, one from the mother, one from the father. If one parent has two brown genes, the children will be brown eyed. IF that parent has a dominant brown gene and a recessive blue gene and the other parent has blue or grey eyes, the kids will have a 50/50 chance on eye color. (My father had brown eyes, my mother’s were blue, all three kids have brown eyes. But my brother’s daughter had blue eyes like her mother since my brother is hybrid with one brown gene, one blue.)
    My dh’s parents both had brown eyes and all three of their kids have some variation on blue. Both parents would have been hybrid for eye color but rolling the dice and getting three blue-ish eye kids really beat the odds.
    Sorry for wandering off into genetics!

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  167. I had a boyfriend with eyes of two different colors. It’s interesting but goes with some genetically linked eye problems that are less fun.
    People have two different genes for eye color, one from the mother, one from the father. If one parent has two brown genes, the children will be brown eyed. IF that parent has a dominant brown gene and a recessive blue gene and the other parent has blue or grey eyes, the kids will have a 50/50 chance on eye color. (My father had brown eyes, my mother’s were blue, all three kids have brown eyes. But my brother’s daughter had blue eyes like her mother since my brother is hybrid with one brown gene, one blue.)
    My dh’s parents both had brown eyes and all three of their kids have some variation on blue. Both parents would have been hybrid for eye color but rolling the dice and getting three blue-ish eye kids really beat the odds.
    Sorry for wandering off into genetics!

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  168. I had a boyfriend with eyes of two different colors. It’s interesting but goes with some genetically linked eye problems that are less fun.
    People have two different genes for eye color, one from the mother, one from the father. If one parent has two brown genes, the children will be brown eyed. IF that parent has a dominant brown gene and a recessive blue gene and the other parent has blue or grey eyes, the kids will have a 50/50 chance on eye color. (My father had brown eyes, my mother’s were blue, all three kids have brown eyes. But my brother’s daughter had blue eyes like her mother since my brother is hybrid with one brown gene, one blue.)
    My dh’s parents both had brown eyes and all three of their kids have some variation on blue. Both parents would have been hybrid for eye color but rolling the dice and getting three blue-ish eye kids really beat the odds.
    Sorry for wandering off into genetics!

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  169. I had a boyfriend with eyes of two different colors. It’s interesting but goes with some genetically linked eye problems that are less fun.
    People have two different genes for eye color, one from the mother, one from the father. If one parent has two brown genes, the children will be brown eyed. IF that parent has a dominant brown gene and a recessive blue gene and the other parent has blue or grey eyes, the kids will have a 50/50 chance on eye color. (My father had brown eyes, my mother’s were blue, all three kids have brown eyes. But my brother’s daughter had blue eyes like her mother since my brother is hybrid with one brown gene, one blue.)
    My dh’s parents both had brown eyes and all three of their kids have some variation on blue. Both parents would have been hybrid for eye color but rolling the dice and getting three blue-ish eye kids really beat the odds.
    Sorry for wandering off into genetics!

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  170. I had a boyfriend with eyes of two different colors. It’s interesting but goes with some genetically linked eye problems that are less fun.
    People have two different genes for eye color, one from the mother, one from the father. If one parent has two brown genes, the children will be brown eyed. IF that parent has a dominant brown gene and a recessive blue gene and the other parent has blue or grey eyes, the kids will have a 50/50 chance on eye color. (My father had brown eyes, my mother’s were blue, all three kids have brown eyes. But my brother’s daughter had blue eyes like her mother since my brother is hybrid with one brown gene, one blue.)
    My dh’s parents both had brown eyes and all three of their kids have some variation on blue. Both parents would have been hybrid for eye color but rolling the dice and getting three blue-ish eye kids really beat the odds.
    Sorry for wandering off into genetics!

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  171. Enjoyed the post. I like a description of eyes for the main characters. View of the soul. I am/was a red head. Blue green eyes that change color according to what I’m wearing including eye shadow back in the day when I troubled myself with that. My mom was brown eyed. My dad blue eyed. In six kids two have different shades of brown and the rest of us different shades of blue or blue/green. I’ve always smiled at people when I’m out and about and now grocery shopping with masks, eyes are very important and it’s so easy to tell who is smiling back at me.

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  172. Enjoyed the post. I like a description of eyes for the main characters. View of the soul. I am/was a red head. Blue green eyes that change color according to what I’m wearing including eye shadow back in the day when I troubled myself with that. My mom was brown eyed. My dad blue eyed. In six kids two have different shades of brown and the rest of us different shades of blue or blue/green. I’ve always smiled at people when I’m out and about and now grocery shopping with masks, eyes are very important and it’s so easy to tell who is smiling back at me.

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  173. Enjoyed the post. I like a description of eyes for the main characters. View of the soul. I am/was a red head. Blue green eyes that change color according to what I’m wearing including eye shadow back in the day when I troubled myself with that. My mom was brown eyed. My dad blue eyed. In six kids two have different shades of brown and the rest of us different shades of blue or blue/green. I’ve always smiled at people when I’m out and about and now grocery shopping with masks, eyes are very important and it’s so easy to tell who is smiling back at me.

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  174. Enjoyed the post. I like a description of eyes for the main characters. View of the soul. I am/was a red head. Blue green eyes that change color according to what I’m wearing including eye shadow back in the day when I troubled myself with that. My mom was brown eyed. My dad blue eyed. In six kids two have different shades of brown and the rest of us different shades of blue or blue/green. I’ve always smiled at people when I’m out and about and now grocery shopping with masks, eyes are very important and it’s so easy to tell who is smiling back at me.

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  175. Enjoyed the post. I like a description of eyes for the main characters. View of the soul. I am/was a red head. Blue green eyes that change color according to what I’m wearing including eye shadow back in the day when I troubled myself with that. My mom was brown eyed. My dad blue eyed. In six kids two have different shades of brown and the rest of us different shades of blue or blue/green. I’ve always smiled at people when I’m out and about and now grocery shopping with masks, eyes are very important and it’s so easy to tell who is smiling back at me.

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  176. I don’t really care what color eyes the hero or heroine have as long as they stay consistent during the course of the book and/or series. I do have a pet peeve about eyes that twinkle every single chapter.
    This next has nothing to do with fiction or romance but is a true eye color story.
    My mother had one brown eye and one blue eye. Sometimes, depending on what color she was wearing, it wasn’t very noticeable but usually it was striking.
    Most little kids would notice and comment on it when they were 4 or 5. I heard more than one of my younger cousins say “Aunt Wilma, your eyes are two different colors.” And she always looked closely at them and replied”That’s funny. Both of yours are the same color.” And the kid would get all cross-eyed trying to see what color their own eyes were.

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  177. I don’t really care what color eyes the hero or heroine have as long as they stay consistent during the course of the book and/or series. I do have a pet peeve about eyes that twinkle every single chapter.
    This next has nothing to do with fiction or romance but is a true eye color story.
    My mother had one brown eye and one blue eye. Sometimes, depending on what color she was wearing, it wasn’t very noticeable but usually it was striking.
    Most little kids would notice and comment on it when they were 4 or 5. I heard more than one of my younger cousins say “Aunt Wilma, your eyes are two different colors.” And she always looked closely at them and replied”That’s funny. Both of yours are the same color.” And the kid would get all cross-eyed trying to see what color their own eyes were.

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  178. I don’t really care what color eyes the hero or heroine have as long as they stay consistent during the course of the book and/or series. I do have a pet peeve about eyes that twinkle every single chapter.
    This next has nothing to do with fiction or romance but is a true eye color story.
    My mother had one brown eye and one blue eye. Sometimes, depending on what color she was wearing, it wasn’t very noticeable but usually it was striking.
    Most little kids would notice and comment on it when they were 4 or 5. I heard more than one of my younger cousins say “Aunt Wilma, your eyes are two different colors.” And she always looked closely at them and replied”That’s funny. Both of yours are the same color.” And the kid would get all cross-eyed trying to see what color their own eyes were.

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  179. I don’t really care what color eyes the hero or heroine have as long as they stay consistent during the course of the book and/or series. I do have a pet peeve about eyes that twinkle every single chapter.
    This next has nothing to do with fiction or romance but is a true eye color story.
    My mother had one brown eye and one blue eye. Sometimes, depending on what color she was wearing, it wasn’t very noticeable but usually it was striking.
    Most little kids would notice and comment on it when they were 4 or 5. I heard more than one of my younger cousins say “Aunt Wilma, your eyes are two different colors.” And she always looked closely at them and replied”That’s funny. Both of yours are the same color.” And the kid would get all cross-eyed trying to see what color their own eyes were.

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  180. I don’t really care what color eyes the hero or heroine have as long as they stay consistent during the course of the book and/or series. I do have a pet peeve about eyes that twinkle every single chapter.
    This next has nothing to do with fiction or romance but is a true eye color story.
    My mother had one brown eye and one blue eye. Sometimes, depending on what color she was wearing, it wasn’t very noticeable but usually it was striking.
    Most little kids would notice and comment on it when they were 4 or 5. I heard more than one of my younger cousins say “Aunt Wilma, your eyes are two different colors.” And she always looked closely at them and replied”That’s funny. Both of yours are the same color.” And the kid would get all cross-eyed trying to see what color their own eyes were.

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  181. My dad is brown eyed. My mom is blue eyed. 1 child is brown eyed – she has my dad’s skin color too.. 3 of us are blue eyed. Actually variations on blue. The 5th child is blue eyed except she has one eye that is 1/4th brown!
    But no, I usually don’t notice eye color in people or in book characters.
    I have noticed that the masks are messing with my ability to smile at people in the store in passing. Now I’m starting to nod my head because it is just too rude not to acknowledge people! I didn’t realize how frequently I would smile at people when I was out and about.

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  182. My dad is brown eyed. My mom is blue eyed. 1 child is brown eyed – she has my dad’s skin color too.. 3 of us are blue eyed. Actually variations on blue. The 5th child is blue eyed except she has one eye that is 1/4th brown!
    But no, I usually don’t notice eye color in people or in book characters.
    I have noticed that the masks are messing with my ability to smile at people in the store in passing. Now I’m starting to nod my head because it is just too rude not to acknowledge people! I didn’t realize how frequently I would smile at people when I was out and about.

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  183. My dad is brown eyed. My mom is blue eyed. 1 child is brown eyed – she has my dad’s skin color too.. 3 of us are blue eyed. Actually variations on blue. The 5th child is blue eyed except she has one eye that is 1/4th brown!
    But no, I usually don’t notice eye color in people or in book characters.
    I have noticed that the masks are messing with my ability to smile at people in the store in passing. Now I’m starting to nod my head because it is just too rude not to acknowledge people! I didn’t realize how frequently I would smile at people when I was out and about.

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  184. My dad is brown eyed. My mom is blue eyed. 1 child is brown eyed – she has my dad’s skin color too.. 3 of us are blue eyed. Actually variations on blue. The 5th child is blue eyed except she has one eye that is 1/4th brown!
    But no, I usually don’t notice eye color in people or in book characters.
    I have noticed that the masks are messing with my ability to smile at people in the store in passing. Now I’m starting to nod my head because it is just too rude not to acknowledge people! I didn’t realize how frequently I would smile at people when I was out and about.

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  185. My dad is brown eyed. My mom is blue eyed. 1 child is brown eyed – she has my dad’s skin color too.. 3 of us are blue eyed. Actually variations on blue. The 5th child is blue eyed except she has one eye that is 1/4th brown!
    But no, I usually don’t notice eye color in people or in book characters.
    I have noticed that the masks are messing with my ability to smile at people in the store in passing. Now I’m starting to nod my head because it is just too rude not to acknowledge people! I didn’t realize how frequently I would smile at people when I was out and about.

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  186. That’s brilliant, Donna Jo, great come-back! And I agree about consistency – it’s one of those things a copy editor is supposed to keep track of and correct, but it’s probably easy to miss. I usually have photos of my hero and heroine (just some pics from the internet roughly showing how they look) so I don’t forget.

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  187. That’s brilliant, Donna Jo, great come-back! And I agree about consistency – it’s one of those things a copy editor is supposed to keep track of and correct, but it’s probably easy to miss. I usually have photos of my hero and heroine (just some pics from the internet roughly showing how they look) so I don’t forget.

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  188. That’s brilliant, Donna Jo, great come-back! And I agree about consistency – it’s one of those things a copy editor is supposed to keep track of and correct, but it’s probably easy to miss. I usually have photos of my hero and heroine (just some pics from the internet roughly showing how they look) so I don’t forget.

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  189. That’s brilliant, Donna Jo, great come-back! And I agree about consistency – it’s one of those things a copy editor is supposed to keep track of and correct, but it’s probably easy to miss. I usually have photos of my hero and heroine (just some pics from the internet roughly showing how they look) so I don’t forget.

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  190. That’s brilliant, Donna Jo, great come-back! And I agree about consistency – it’s one of those things a copy editor is supposed to keep track of and correct, but it’s probably easy to miss. I usually have photos of my hero and heroine (just some pics from the internet roughly showing how they look) so I don’t forget.

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  191. Thank you, Anne, that’s a much better explanation for it, and what brilliant and evocative descriptions! It really gives you the perfect image of the man.

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  192. Thank you, Anne, that’s a much better explanation for it, and what brilliant and evocative descriptions! It really gives you the perfect image of the man.

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  193. Thank you, Anne, that’s a much better explanation for it, and what brilliant and evocative descriptions! It really gives you the perfect image of the man.

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  194. Thank you, Anne, that’s a much better explanation for it, and what brilliant and evocative descriptions! It really gives you the perfect image of the man.

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  195. Thank you, Anne, that’s a much better explanation for it, and what brilliant and evocative descriptions! It really gives you the perfect image of the man.

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  196. Thank you, Jeanette! It is lovely when people smile at you in shops, isn’t it? A smile makes such a difference and can really lift your mood. I try really hard to smile with my eyes now just to make sure.

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  197. Thank you, Jeanette! It is lovely when people smile at you in shops, isn’t it? A smile makes such a difference and can really lift your mood. I try really hard to smile with my eyes now just to make sure.

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  198. Thank you, Jeanette! It is lovely when people smile at you in shops, isn’t it? A smile makes such a difference and can really lift your mood. I try really hard to smile with my eyes now just to make sure.

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  199. Thank you, Jeanette! It is lovely when people smile at you in shops, isn’t it? A smile makes such a difference and can really lift your mood. I try really hard to smile with my eyes now just to make sure.

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  200. Thank you, Jeanette! It is lovely when people smile at you in shops, isn’t it? A smile makes such a difference and can really lift your mood. I try really hard to smile with my eyes now just to make sure.

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  201. That sounds like a really unusual eye colour – would be great for a fictional character! And good idea to nod as well as smile when meeting people, just in case the mask is too concealing. Maybe they’ll invent see-through ones soon?

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  202. That sounds like a really unusual eye colour – would be great for a fictional character! And good idea to nod as well as smile when meeting people, just in case the mask is too concealing. Maybe they’ll invent see-through ones soon?

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  203. That sounds like a really unusual eye colour – would be great for a fictional character! And good idea to nod as well as smile when meeting people, just in case the mask is too concealing. Maybe they’ll invent see-through ones soon?

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  204. That sounds like a really unusual eye colour – would be great for a fictional character! And good idea to nod as well as smile when meeting people, just in case the mask is too concealing. Maybe they’ll invent see-through ones soon?

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  205. That sounds like a really unusual eye colour – would be great for a fictional character! And good idea to nod as well as smile when meeting people, just in case the mask is too concealing. Maybe they’ll invent see-through ones soon?

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