My post is going to piggy-back ride on Casea's Oct 14 post about knights in shining armor. As a romance writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes the perfect hero.
When I’m reading for pleasure, either a hero ‘has it’ or falls way short. It’s not always a quality—or three—I can define. But I do know I want that character to thrill me, make me sigh. Basically, I need a hero who can make me feel. And yes, that includes the lows, as well as the highs. If he can take me on that rollercoaster ride of falling in love, I’m his.
When I’m writing my heroes, they do change according to the book and the heroine involved. But one thing remains—he’s crazy in love with her. This means he’ll do what’s in her best interest, no matter the cost to him, at least toward the end of the story. Heroes who can’t make that kind of sacrifice just don’t cut it in my eyes.
What makes or breaks a hero in your book? When a hero ‘has it’, what’re the qualities that shape the almost mythic vibe that our dream heroes emit?