What is….a hero?
This is, hands down, one of the most discussed topics in the romance - writing world. Should he be dark? Or tormented? Or if he's sensitive will he be viewed as a wimp? What if I make him a strong brooding type, will he be viewed as heartless?
As a writer we're faced with all these questions and so many more. Now a lot will be determined on plot and the effect the author is going for. Some will demand a stronger, less emotional type where some heroines will need a sensitive guy. But nothing can kill a romance book faster than a misplaced hero. Regardless of the great setting and incredibly romantic props, an unsuited hero will make the scene fall flat.
With the latest 'fad' offering shelf after shelf of the dark hero, a writer can often feel pressured into creating a dark hero of her own. A great romance includes a hero who belongs to the plot. He enhances it and makes it real.
Think about the romances that have warmed your toes on a cold winter night. The hero and the plot fit perfectly. Some of mine have included the most surprising hero. Not just the tough guy who now finds himself a dad but an average guy, living an average life, who all of a sudden is forced to climb the hero ladder. He's the one who can make my heart skip a beat….but what makes you swoon? It is probably something else all together. And there is the hurdle facing the romance writer. Creating a hero that will appeal to many readers.
Who have been some of your favorite romance heroes and why?