Hi everyone -
Great to be back on the blog!
It’s no secret I’m a sucker for a tortured hero. There is something about watching them evolve and seeing their wounds heal.
I’m working on a new book right now, and my hero is a warrior. His chest and back are a mess of scars, but I’m learning that his scars make him who he is, and they go much deeper than his skin.
In real life, you see heroes like this all the time on television. Usually you see them downing whiskey alone in a bar. They push away every person who tries to care about them. Easier to hurt now than to lose them later, right? And we watch week after week, hoping they’ll finally find someone who sees past their invisible armor to the man within.
One of my favorite parts of writing romance is that we get to show what television won’t. Romance readers get to see that hero’s first smile. You get to watch the metamorphosis even though at times it’s not pretty. He fights for the safety of being alone, and hates that he feels fear when he catches himself caring for the heroine. But in the end, you get to see the wounds heal and a new man rise from the ashes. He learns that he doesn’t need to go through this life alone.
He learns that love is worth the risk.
And if you’ve got a warrior on your hands, he might even learn that there is a woman who is every bit the fighter he is, and when they get in that fox hole together, the world will never pull him down again.
I’ve been watching my DVDs of Angel lately. I loved that series and he’s SO tortured. Yow! I also really loved Mick in the short-lived Moonlight series. And did you watch ER? Dr. Kovac was such a wonderful tortured hero…