Poor, poor men. They’re always being judged on their appearance, shape, and size instead of their personality. The pretty ones have it the worst because people assume they are all beauty and no brains. Just imagine how unappreciated romance heroes feel with their broad shoulders, thick hair perfect for a good hand rake, and ideal amount of scruff. Throw in the dreamy green eyes and husky voice and no one will ever see beneath the surface.
For a few minutes, let’s shift the focus toward some categories that highlight traits we love about our fictional heroes, then stick around and take the quiz to find out which of my heroes is your perfect match!
Archetype: Why the hero does what he does determines which of the classic archetypes he is. The Lost Soul, The Best Friend, The Charmer, The Bad Boy, The Professor, The Warrior, The Swashbuckler, The Chief?*
Fears: Maybe they are afraid of losing something. Maybe gaining something. The fear might be specific to his relationship with the heroine or something that goes back to his childhood.
Strengths: We aren’t discussing corded muscles here, but inner strength. What helps them face challenges? Moral integrity? Courage? Persistence? Personability? Intelligence?
Weaknesses: Humility is an attractive feature, so our heroes have to know they aren’t perfect. Plus, it makes them realistic and relatable.
Uniqueness: They all have that one weird thing. Maybe they collect ceramic unicorns or collect recipe magazines (“It’s just for the articles!”). This uniqueness keeps them from becoming two-dimensional characters.
Goals and Dreams: Now that many of them have achieved being the cover model on a romance novel, they need something else to live for. What wakes them up in the morning and drives them into action?
Now that we’ve gotten our minds out of the gutter (or six-pack abs), take this quiz to find out which of my fictional heroes would suit you best and enter the giveaway.
QUIZ: WHICH OF MY HEROES IS YOUR PERFECT MATCH?
Which of the following hero archetypes appeals to you most?
- The Chief/The Boss
- The Lost Soul
- The Best Friend
- The Bad Boy
- The Charmer
- The Warrior
Which of the following fears pulls your heartstrings the most?
- He’s afraid of not living up to his family’s legacy
- He’s afraid of failing those who are counting on him
- He’s afraid of not being there to protect his loved ones
- He’s afraid of people finding out about his mistakes
- He’s afraid of losing his loved ones
- He’s afraid of not being good enough
Which of the following strengths excite you most about a hero?
- He’s rich, sensitive, and gives generously to those who don’t have a lot
- He’s protective, courageous, and hard-working
- He’s brave, loyal, heroic, and thoughtful (and he’ll let you have the armrest on the airplane)
- He’s charismatic, multi-talented, flirty, and great at karaoke
- He’s fun-loving, adventurous, and wears his heart on his sleeve
- He’s patient, understanding, honorable, and always there when you need him
Which of the following weaknesses would you most likely be able to put up with?
- He’s a workaholic
- He doesn’t trust people
- He doesn’t communicate his needs, wants, or feelings
- He’s a poor judge of character
- He’s impulsive and lets his emotions drive his actions
- He lets other people take advantage of him
Which of the following unique traits could you learn to appreciate?
- He loves children’s toys
- He actually likes dancing the Cha Cha Slide
- He has a codependent relationship with his dog
- He, like, really loves roller coasters and will make you ride them with him
- He throws up whenever he gets stressed or scared (and that happens a lot)
- He’s a little too crushable. ie. Your little sister has a big crush on him
Which of the following dreams would you be most willing to support?
- To make sure every child has access to imaginative and educational toys
- To provide new lives for victims of sex trafficking
- To live a quiet small-town life with his family and friends
- To share the love of God with people who need it most
- To be a great father and a loving and supportive husband
- To make a difference for his family, community, and country
If you answered mostly 1s, you should meet reclusive millionaire toymaker Joey Kiljoy from “Dreams in Toyland” in the Christmas in Mistletoe Square Novella Collection
If you answered mostly 2s, you should meet farmer and victim advocate Jace Daring from Aspen Crossroads.
If you answered mostly 3s, you should meet brooding firefighter Thomas Beck from Glory Falls.
If you answered mostly 4s, you should meet former famed (and shamed) pastor Shane Olson from Wildflower Road.
If you answered mostly 5s, you should meet single daddy Robbie Matthews from This Wandering Heart.
If you answered mostly 6s, you should meet World War II hero Benjamin Wise from “On Angel Wings” in the Love’s Pure Light Novella Collection
*From Tami D. Cowden’s The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes