Thursday, June 9, 2011

Heroes


Let’s talk about guys— the ones who live between the covers…book covers that is. Not real flesh and blood guys who sometimes leave their socks lying around and the seat of the toilet up, but the heroes who live on in our imagination. It has come to my attention that even after eight books, I have a bit of a problem creating these men. To paraphrase my agent, I do “creepy, weird” better than “nice, normal.” Scary to think what a psychologist might make of this, but there it is.

And, looking back, I realize this is not a new situation. One of the worst reviews I’ve ever received on Amazon called “Rick” in WITCH WAY TO MURDER a stalker. (And here I thought he was just being persistent!) In the first draft of LOVE LIES BLEEDING and the new “Jess McConkey” book proposal, both my agent and my editor felt that the protagonists’ love interests were such jerks in the beginning that the readers wouldn’t understand why they (the protagonists) wouldn’t just kick them to the curb. Comments, like the preceeding ones on three out of a potential of nine books, tell me that I need to take a long, hard look at my male characters.

So I’m starting the process here on “Something Wicked”—I’d love to know what you think makes a good hero? Is it the strong, silent type? The bad boy turned good? What makes them multidimensional for you instead of nothing more than a cardboard cut-out?

I’ll look forward to reading your comments! Oh, and btw—me and my signs—as I was writing this blog and listening to random play on the Pandora radio station, two songs came on back to back. The first one…”I Need a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler, and the second…the theme from “Thunderdome”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner. Ha!! Is that ironic or what!

Have a great Thursday!

Best,
Shirley

1 comment:

Sharon said...

This is a tuff one...my tastes hit both ends of the spectrum .
I like them strong and silent. Humble and understated, but still in control. I want the author to slowly reveal his back story so I learn about it along with the heroine. So mysterious (but not in the creepy scary way) is a trait I like. HE down plays his own strenghts because he is just that secure in his self.

Now, the flip side...I love an arrogant alpha-male that thinks he is all that and the bag of chips. He must learn (the hard way of course) that he has to earn the trust and respect of the heroine and she puts him in his place.

I hope this helps . Can't wait to read your new book!