Have you ever been to a Build-a-Bear store? You know, where a kid (or adult, I suppose!) gets to pick out a bear body and then take it to be stuffed and choose a heart for it and pick out a song for it to play and even choose a scent for it. When my kids were younger, they each got to do that—and they each ended up with quite different bears.
As I was brainstorming the hero for my next Hope Springs book, I started thinking about how it’s not so different from building a bear. I need to choose what he looks like, what his personality is like, what his backstory is, how he’ll relate to or clash with the heroine…the list goes on. And let me tell you, the hero for this next book was not very forthcoming! Fortunately, I think I have him pegged now (or as much as I can until I write him…I’m sure there are still things about him that will manage to surprise me).
Just for fun, though, I thought we could create our own hero. Answer the questions below about your ideal (book) hero. Who knows, maybe you’ll find him strolling through the pages of one of my books someday!
I know you’ll want to choose more than one answer for some of these questions (I know I want to), but our hero can’t be perfect, so we’ll have to content ourselves with one trait for each question.
And now for the giveaway! Obviously, I couldn’t include all the possibilities for our hero here. Feel free to chime in below with your version of an ideal book hero. Or if you’ve already met your ideal hero in the pages of a book, let us know so we can go meet him too! Comment by Dec. 15 for a chance to win a copy of the Hope Springs books 1-3 box set.