We talk a lot about heroes here at The Naked Hero (hmm I wonder why?). We talk about what makes a good hero, what makes him tick, why we need him in a romance novel. Which brings me to a question that I ponder in the middle of the night: in same sex novels do you designate one of the characters as the heroine and the other as the hero? Nah, that would be silly. One of them is the hero(ine) and the other is the more kick ass hero(ine). So never mind that question.
Now on to the real question that keeps me up at night: What makes a good hero and how can I make the guy in my newest story a better hero? Big muscles? No, body builders don’t make me hot so that’s a no go. Charming? Sure but not too charming otherwise me and my heroine are going to think he’s a little too slick. Handsome? Obviously. Funny? That’s a definite. Smart too. He’s got to have brains or he’s going to redshirt in one of my novels. Take charge? Eh, probably not.
See that’s the thing. For me, personally, the hero is always the hardest part of the story. Heroines, they pop into my head like house guests that never want to leave. But when I start planning a story most of my heroes don’t even have names.
Heroes are hard work. A good hero has to have all those sort of things that make a woman melt but he’s also got to have flaws. Redeemable flaws. And unlike a real man he’s got to be somewhat likeable before his first cup of coffee and remember that his socks go in the hamper. Because this is romance after all and romance is about fantasy. And my fantasy after 8 wonderful years of marriage? A man who doesn’t leave his socks littered across my bedroom floor while I’m trying to unpack.
Have a good rest of the month everyone and I’ll see you again on July 1st. Until then tell me what you think are essential elements in a hero please. I’d love to know what everyone else thinks. And yes, I have a Eureka addiction. With as pretty as the men are do you blame me? Science and pretty all in one place. If only the real world were that kind.