I Need a Hero

Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?
Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need!

Is that song stuck in your head now? Well it’s stuck in mine! With Memorial Day yesterday, and everything that’s been going on in the world, I’ve been thinking a lot about heroes.

In the midst of COVID-19, the people we consider heroes are on the frontlines. They’re not billionaires or cowboys, and they’re not dressed in capes. They’re  in healthcare. They’re scientists and child care workers. Essential personnel who are putting themselves at risk for the sake of the greater good. They’re quite literally saving the day. Isn’t that what we look for when we read a romance? Someone who will swoop in against all odds and save the day? The heroes I love do that, but maybe not on such a grand scale. Sometimes the evil they’re fighting against is the devil within.

Lately I’ve been turned on to the concept of writing hero archetypes thanks to Susanna Carr’s blog. I’m amazed at how many different types of heroes there are out there.

Patrick in HER CLAIM is a charmer. An irresistible smooth operator. A swashbuckling chief by day, he’s a bad boy in a suit, running a powerhouse of a business with no desire to save the day. But underneath it all he’s a romantic—a crushed idealist who never recovered from heartbreak.

Connor in THE DUALITY PRINCIPLE is kind, responsible, decent. A regular Mr. Nice Guy…now. Before the story starts he’s breaking laws and breaking hearts—not a lone wolf but a coyote, a street smart member of his pack. He hates authority and doesn’t care that he’s bad. As a matter of fact, he’s proud of it. But as he tries to turn a new leaf, he becomes a bit of a lost soul. He doesn’t know how to be a better man, but he desperately wants to be.

I love to read men like this. I love to write men like this. Why? I like seeing heroes who are regular everyday people overcoming the odds life throws at them. They’re not leaping tall buildings in a single bound. They’re fighting their inner demons. And those demons are often ones they can’t finally fend off until they find love.

Ever wonder where I get my hero and heroine-spiration from? I’ve been thinking of blogging more often about it. Not just my characters, but the ones I love in books and on TV. Interested? Are there any heroes you love to read or want to talk about? Let me know!

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