Every reader of romance loves a strong, good-looking, patriotic hero. We love to watch him being a gentleman, butting heads with the heroine, overcoming obstacles, and eventually taking the lady as his partner. I, too, love a well-developed, lovable hero, and I especially love the heroes in my books.
That might sound a little strange for an author to say, but I really do love my heroes. I have author friends who say they don’t like their stories or their characters by the time they finish writing and rewriting and reading and rereading the stories. Not me. Sure I hate to read the same words over and over, but I still love my characters, especially my heroes, no matter how many times I have to read the same story.
I truly fall in love with the men in my books. If I don’t, how can I expect my readers to love them? I guess when an author creates a male character she pulls together all the good traits she admires in her own, real-life heroes or what she’d want her ideal hero to be if she could create a live one. Maybe we use traits from our husband, a brother or our dads to come up with the men who make our stories so much fun to read.
The best compliment an author can receive is to have a reader say something nice about a character. We want our characters to live with readers long after they put the books down. I remember my sister-in-law called me one day and told me she was mad at me. When I asked why she told me she couldn’t keep her mind on her work because she couldn’t stop thinking about Jake, my hero in ON THE CREST OF A WAVE. I had to smile and wanted to pat myself on the back. I had done my job!
The most memorable hero I ever read was actually not in a romance. He was Ari, the hero in Leon Uris’s EXODUS. He possessed all the characteristics that I love in a man. When I saw the movie version of EXODUS, I was disappointed because in my mind my Ari did not look like Paul Newman. I loved Paul Newman, but not in my Ari’s role! I think from my first reading of the book (yes, I read it twice) I loved Ari and I think I use some of his characteristics in all of my heroes that I create today.
Do you have a favorite hero? If so, who is he?
Hmmm. I think I’ll sit back, close my eyes and dream about Ari for a while!
Fran McNabb lives along the Gulf Coast on a small, bayou harbor with her husband who just happens to be her very own hero! She has four books published by Montlake, two Indie books, and soon will have one romantic suspense by The Wild Rose Press. Visit her at www.FranMcNabb.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org