The title is a bit of a misnomer. I hope you’ll forgive me for that.
What is a hero, anyway?
Since I write romance novels, you would think this question is easy to answer. I suppose it could be broken down and analyzed by different genres, but, again, I write romance. There are even specific tropes for certain heroes.
Heroes are swoony. They’re tough and loyal. Many know them as Alpha heroes.
Heroes are soft-spoken but know how to get the job done. These are often called Beta heroes.
And let’s not forget our military, police, firemen, doctors, and all the other career heroes. These are our real-life-but-often-portrayed-in-fiction heroes. I love these heroes.
But I want to go in a different direction.
Heroes can be ordinary.
They can get overwhelmed or say the wrong thing. It’s situations like that where the hero can show what he’s made of and bring a little reality to our fictional words. If they were perfect all the time, the story might become a bit too predictable. Then we have the moments when they do the right thing or say the perfect line and we fall in love with them…sometimes for the second or third time.
I married this type of hero. Though he did work as a deputy for 20 years. I suppose that makes him a double hero. At least in my personal book. We’ve been married for 19 years now, and we have gone through many trials together. Through each one, we become stronger and our love grows deeper.
This could be why I love the heroes I’ve written in the Independence Islands books.
When I wrote the heroine, Darcy’s character, I gave her this line.
Afterward, I thought, “You know, they’re still kind of superheroes.”
To love someone is scary. You’re putting your heart out there and praying that it’s the right thing to do.
The “someone” Darcy wants is your average Joe, but her loves her with a fierce and abiding love. That’s a superhero quality. He’s selfless in his love for Darcy and always has her best interests in mind. Sounds heroic to me.
When you hear the word hero, what comes to mind?