A reviewer recently wrote this about one of my books: “What is wonderful is seeing both of the guys loving their gals with gentle patience and strength of character.”
Long story short, the book she read features two female characters (a college student and her single mom) who find romance with two wonderful men. Both guys are sweet, patient, and devoted to their women.
The reviewer’s comment got me thinking about the kind of leading men I like to write about. While my male characters hold a variety of jobs—ranging from a policeman to a math teacher to an entrepreneur—they all have one thing in common: They are saints.
They are not saints in the religious sense, but they have the heart of a saint.
I love writing about men who will go the extra mile for the women they love. Men who are strong and gentle. Men who put others before themselves.
I didn’t realize my male characters had these traits in common until I saw that reviewer’s comment. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise though. God blessed me with a husband who is the inspiration for all of my leading men.
I never knew unconditional love until I met David. Throughout our marriage, he has been the hands and feet of Jesus to me. His care for me allows me to experience the Lord’s patience and grace in a tangible way. He also showers this same deep and compassionate love upon our children. David is in no way a perfect man (he would be the first person to tell you that!), but he comes pretty close in my book.
This is why I write leading men who are just a tad short of amazing. I know they exist, and I also want my readers to know they exist.
Here’s a photo of me and my favorite leading man taken many years ago. :)
What kind of leading man do you like to read about? I’d love to hear what you think! I look forward to reading your answers.
Giveaway: I’d like to give away one digital copy of a book from my backlist (boxed sets not included). Two winners will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Wednesday, March 21st.