Heroes! Gotta love them, and we can’t have romances without them! I recently asked my review team who their favorite character was out of all my books, and all the replies so far mentioned heroes. I didn’t expect that, but maybe I should have done! We all love our book boyfriends!
There are so many different occupations we can give our heroes and heroines. My hero list from my published books includes:
- Physics professor (James, in The Wedding List)
- Hollywood actor (Nick, in Believe in Me)
- Department store heir and dairy farmer (Ed, in Least Expected)
- Photographer (Mac, in A Model Bride)
- Psychology professor (Gabe, in Forget Paris)
- Store department manager (David, in Invitation to the Ball)
- Medical missionary (Matthew, in Teapots & Tiaras)
- Physiotherapist/ physical therapist (Alistair, in More than Friends)
- High school sports teacher (Fraser, in A Lesson in Love)
- Health care executive manager (Brad, in Calm & Bright)
- Investigative journalist (Daniel, in Imperfectly Proverbs 31)
- Carpenter and handyman (Ryan, in Midnight Clear)
- High school Welsh language teacher (Jonathan, in Dolce Vita)
- Artist (Beppe, in La Risposta)
- Retired multi-millionaire businessman (Giovanni, in Innamorata)
- Contractor and charity worker (Luke, in His Father’s Son)
- Wounded former Army medic (Adam, in His Healing Touch)
And that’s just in my own books! I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.
In the tri-author series Marion, Alexa, and I are writing together, we have a youth pastor/ photographer (Heath, in Remember Me), a champion snowboarder (Greg, in Love Me), and a police officer (Mateo, in Cherish Me). On their way in the series later this year (God willing), are a doctor, a contractor, and a pediatrician. Phew! And then we hope to add another six books to the series next year.
In between our Chapel Cove books, Alexa and I are also working on a new trilogy with some truly wonderful heroes. Alexa created them, so I can say that without being boastful! And these are very different heroes to my usual guys. Though it’s not romantic suspense, this trilogy has more than a touch of danger and mystery, so we have a security specialist, a scientist inventor, and a ranch owner. These guys are amazing! I totally love them.
But I truly do love all my heroes. When working on a story, the characters come to feel very real. Often, it’s hard to let them go and move on to the next book. One thing none of us are short of is story ideas. In fact we each have long line-ups of books waiting to be written! There are so many stories. So many heroes. So many jobs they could do.
But even more important that a hero’s occupation are his qualities and his flaws. No matter what job he does, I like for my heroes to be thoughtful, strong (even if in a very gentle way), protective, patient, kind, loving, faithful, and above all else, faith-filled! Okay, sometimes it may take till the end of the story for him to get there, but if he doesn’t have faith, he isn’t my hero.
And as I write my hero wish-list, it sounds very much like the list of the fruit of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
A man with all those? They’re a true hero, no matter how they look, no matter what they do, no matter what their age!
What are your favorite hero occupations? And what qualities must a story hero have to convince you he’s truly a worthy hero for the heroine? One commenter on the post by June 28th will be randomly chosen to win the choice of my single-author ebooks!