First I’d like to congratulate last month’s winners. Carol Daigle won a copy up Uptown Heiress and Esther Moreland won a copy of One Autumn Love. Please email me at authorlindip (at) gmail. (dot) com. Thank you again for all who participated.
So last month we chatted about Urban setting verses small town settings. We had a great mix of love for each type of setting.
For October I thought we’d talk heros.
First,, I have to say personally I pretty much dated guys with dark hair. There were one or two guys I dated that had blond hair. I have no idea where this came or why it was this way. I simply loved the dark-haired guys. So, in writing, it turns out I usually write about brown or black-haired guys. I know this can end up being a problem, you know all my hero’s looking alike. In fact, all the 10 guys I’ve written about have brown or black hair.
But I see them differently. I usually have pictures of the guys I’m writing about.
This is a photo I had on my bulletin board while I was writing Rich in Hope. This is Stephen and Jenny. Oh, how I loved this photo!
And oh, how I love my dark-haired guys. I do need to become more creative though with my hero’s descriptions.
Here’s my most current hero.
Surprise!! Dark hair!! Oh, I really need to diversify!
So, I’m about to start writing One Summer Sunset. And it’s obvious I need your help. I don’t have a name for my hero yet. I don’t know much about him at all, really. This is where I need your help.
Tell me your favorite hair color on a guy! (And why if you want to.) I’d love to hear your stories. If you comment, you’ll be in the drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card.
Thank you for your help!
LOVE the cover! Interesting topic- I had high school crushes on a guy with copper gold hair and another who was blond, and married my amazing husband who has rich dark hair! Hair colour was clearly not the common link:)
Jill Weatherholt says
Beautiful cover, Lindi! My hero tend to have darker hair, but I’m switching it up with my newest project. :)
I am thinking of my next hero—–blonde…..blonde…..:)
Black or brown hair is what I find more attractive and ones I have only dated.
Colleen—A comrade!! :) Love.
Ah, Wemble!!! This is the type of diversity I need in my heros. :) Thanks for sharing.
I tend to go for the guys with dark hair too even actors I find attractive are rarely blond with exceptions like Paul Walker or Orlando Bloom as Legolas.
Elizabeth Maddrey says
I like the Sandy haired guys — not dark, not blond, just in the middle.
In the middle is good. ;)
Most of the men in my life – father, brother, husband, sons, and grandsons have auburn color hair with hazel eyes; except my middle son. Jon is six five with blue eyes and strawberry blond hair. My husband’s high school friend Tom had red hair, hazel eyes, and freckles. He is not Irish. Not sure if I ever read a romance about a red haired male. Something for your next book.
Jamie in Outlander is red haired. Not a Christian novel, but he is a hero. :)
Oh, and I do love auburn hair with hazel eyes….:) That’s a good hero to write about.
Sally Shupe says
I love the topic of this discussion! I hadn’t really thought about it. I like dark-haired guys. That’s who’s always turned my head. My husband started out with blond hair however and it changed to dark brown. My son and daughter had blond hair when they were born and then theirs darkened. Now my son has light brown hair with a beard that has tinges of red in it. I hadn’t thought about it in years until I noticed it, but my grandmother had a touch of red in her hair. I’ll have to pay more attention to heros and their hair colors!
Sally—it is a fun discussion. My kids hair both darkened when they got older as well. ;)
I had crushes on dark and blonde hair guys and ended up marrying a brown hair one. Usually brown means boring to me but then I remember my own blond hair has also gone a few shades darker with age… I do prefer darker colors, so his brown suits me just fine.
Priscila–I love brown-haired guys. And my hair keeps getting lighter—all blonde–no gray—I swear!! :)
Can that happen to my hair to? I miss my lighter blonde hair.. but I also hope I have a few years before worrying about gray.
Katy C. says
My husband has dark hair and he’s obviously my favorite. =) I only dated one other guy and he has red hair, but I don’t think hair color has had a huge impact on who I’ve thought was good looking over the years. That being said, I think I almost always picture the hero of a story with dark hair – often even if he’s described with another color.
Katy–I think that’s one thing about being indie and doing your own covers, you can make sure the hair color matches the book. :)
Margaret Nelson says
In junior high, I had a crush on a blonde, in high school, he had dark hair. My husband is a blonde :-)
Margaret—One for the blondes! Yay!!! :) Thanks for stopping by.
Connie Brown says
Interesting thoughts about dark hair. I loved blond guys when I was younger. I like ginger haired guys now too and I like dark and medium haired guys. I like guys I guess. I was fascinated by blonds though when I was younger. It is hard to come up with an unusual name for a character and I just think about the characteristics of the person and then try to find a name that means that.
Connie—Oooh–Ginger colored-hair. Now that’s something I hadn’t thought of. :) And yes, it is hard to come up with an unusual name…..I like your idea. :)
Valerie Comer says
In RL, I am far more likely to think a dark-haired guy is goodlooking, yet my husband, whom I clearly think is a hunk LOL, was sandy blond. We have both faded to gray in recent years! I do keep it mixed up in my stories, though, with some blonds, some dark, and a couple of gingers tossed in for good measure.
Valerie–There’s that word ginger again. I never thought of that color regarding hair. Geez–I need to get out more, huh.
Michele Hayes says
I don’t have a favorite hair color. I try to look at the person within and not focus on looks.
Michele—Good point. What is inside is more important that outside for sure. :)
I tend to not notice hair color as much. My husband had dark hair when we married 36 years ago. Now he has gray and white hair which look really handsome with his blue eyes! Our kids all had dark blond or light brown hair. Our grand kids all have very dark black hair. I think they all are good looking☺!
Wow–an array for the family. And yes, men do look great with gray hair. My hubby has great hair.
Lee Tobin McClain says
Dark hair & eyes! I’m currently dating a man of Mexican heritage and although he doesn’t have a whole lot of hair left (LOL) he has gorgeous dark eyes and skin. We all have our “types!”
Lee–You are so right!! :)
Hi Lindi: I found your Post to be very interesting. It certainly makes sense if you are writing Inspirational Romance to pay attention to the amount, shape, color and maybe even texture; that is the feel of hair. In real life, I paid attention to the eyes, eye brows, mouth and smile. While reading your Post, I smiled since the first two young men many years ago who I dated, I met while I was in the army. I don’t believe I ever saw what their hair would have been like (ha-ha). Thanks for taking me down memory lane. I hope that you are having a very nice day!
Mary—Awe—-your’re welcome. I love going down memory lane. :) I hope you have a great weekend. :)
Merrillee Whren says
My guy had dark hair when we got married. It’s now silver. I’ve had heroes with every color except bright red, but the majority have brown or dark hair. Love your cover.
Gail Estes Hollingsworth says
Black hair and deep blue eyes or red hair and sea green eyes.
Gail Estes Hollingsworth says
I work in a multi racial school ie over 40 nationalities and hair colour texture and style can be quite distinctive. Love the black hair and warm tones from south east Asia, Indian and Pakistani but can’t go past those ‘stand out from the crowd’ gingers though. Teachers can spot them a mile off and they are often in trouble cos they’re charming and cheeky. I notice a lot about texture because I’m taller than they are.
Grown ups that stand out. A lecturer in Hebrew in his late 20 s who had long luxurious black wavy hair that all the women wanted to put their hands into. He was so shy too!
Two weeks ago I saw a man in his 50 s that had long waist length silver hair that was swoon worthy. So unusual! I thought..if you’ve got it then flaunt it….
I, too, am drawn to dark-haired guys! I’ve heard that girls go for mates later in life that remind them of their fathers. My dad had dark hair and blue eyes & I dated a guy in high school with dark hair and blue eyes. My husband (when he had hair) was a lighter brown to ash blond and blue eyes. I’ve never really found light hair men attractive and I can’t really explain why. And I’m definitely not fond of red hair! Maybe too many red hair aunts in the family with the fiery temper to go with it…lol!
I have also noticed the trend for dark hair, blue eyed men in stories and have always wondered why. Maybe more demand for them from readers? You know, the old tall dark and handsome fella…lol! Anyway, it would be an interesting study wouldn’t it?
It’s interesting how your preferences come through in your writing. Makes me wonder how much this happens– authors’ preference (of any kind) bleeding into their stories and the readers not even realizing it. ;)
Personally, I’ve never been all that particular about hair color… Except that I just don’t really like red hair on guys. :/ Though, if I had to choose between dark and light hair, I think I would have to pick dark. ;)
Linda Herold says
I only liked one blonde guy, and that was in 4th grade! I prefer tall. dark. blue eyed guys!!
No preference either way, my husband was a bit older when we married and had salt-and-pepper hair. Like the commentor above looks great with his blue eyes !
Beth Erin says
Choosing a color isn’t really an issue for me (I like variety in my reading) but I enjoy mention of a few grays once the guy is in his mid thirties or so. Some silver in his hair says he’s lived and (hopefully) learned! Very attractive.
I do like the heroes with facial hair trend! A neatly groomed beard is rugged, manly, and attractive, in my opinion. I was anti-facial hair for years (ouch, scratchy stubble!) but then my husband decided to give the bearded life a try and I LOVE IT! So cuddly and handsome, the perfect look for my bear of a man.