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Monday, May 18, 2009

Girls Know What They Want - Fiona Lowe

You know the expression, ‘drop a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples flow’? Well that happened at our house over the weekend. It all started because of a new TV which wasn’t going to fit in the TV cabinet. So the TV cabinet had to move and by the end of the day four rooms were involved in a major furniture reshuffle and now a wall needs painting!!



Halfway through all this I had to clear out a chest of drawers in the office as it was unexpectedly going back into circulation downstairs...I tell you, never get a new TV ;-). Anyway I found a box that had gone on holidays with us a year and a half ago. It contained a note book where I’d scribbled down some story ideas that eventually became “The Surgeon’s Special Delivery”, along with some pictures from a couple of magazines.



At the very bottom, next to some batteries, was a scummy bit of paper, a bit water damaged with blue writing on it. I remember my teenage son coming back from a walk along the beach saying, ‘I found this on the sand and you might find it useful.’ (Bless him!)




As I re-read the scrawl of (and I am guessing here) a 15/16 year old girl who was obviously describing her boyfriend or the boyfriend she wanted, I was stunned by how she'd written down exactly what every woman wants (physical description aside) and what every ROMANCE AUTHOR puts into her hero.


Here is the double sided list…. Has strength, is gentle, has integrity, is trustworthy, is flexible, has spontaneity, is patient, is reliable, is loyal, has initiative, is honest. And on the other side she’d written..dark hair, olive skin, sense of humor, funny, has respect for self and others, knows himself, comfortable in his own skin, jenerous (sic) giving, we understand each other.




Isn’t this the perfect Hero list?


What do you want in your hero? Let me know and I'll choose a winner and send a copy of 'The Surgeon's Special Delivery.'


Callum Halroyd is the dark-haired doctor and reluctant protector in Fiona’s latest release, The Surgeon’s Special Delivery If you're not in the UK or Australia then the best place to buy it is The Book Depository with FREE World -Wide PostageTo read an excerpt and to see pictures that inspired the book visit Fiona at her website





18 comments:

Alison said...

Pretty much the whole list you found - and what an amazing thing to have happen to you! Bearing in mind my temparament, I'd defintely need a hero with a sense of humour!

RachieG said...

Ha! LOVE the list..how awesome! :) I totally agree, I think a hero needs to be smart...patient...and brave. :)

Who doesn't want a hero to be all of that list and more? :) I know I do! Fun post today...and I feel your pain about having to paint a wall. HATE painting!

EllenToo said...

I agree with everyone else -- sounds like a perfect hero/boyfriend. But it also sounds like an impossible task to find one that has all those qualities. Wonder if she got all she wanted.

Caroline said...

Great blog! How amazing to discover a list like that on the beach! My hero would have all those characteristics and these:
able to read my mind when chocolate calls to me; bears with me when I'm ill; will still love me when I'm old and grey; still says I'm gorgeous when I'm having a "fat" day - hey he's here sitting next to me! Hooray for dh's!! take care. Caroline x

Michele L. said...

Whoa! Awesome list! Well, my perfect hero would have all that and one tight ass! Ha, ha! Love'em!

Way to go Fiona!

robynl said...

that list hit the nail on the head for me. the olive skin is not something I would have put or the dark hair for me personally but a great list non-the-less.

I definitely like humor, honesty, gentle/caring etc.

Fiona Lowe said...

Fiona staggers in at 6am her time, rubbing her eyes. Morning everyone! I see you've been busy while I've been sleeping. Wonderful!

Fiona Lowe said...

Alison, I think sense of humour is at the top of my list. The ability to just laugh and to find the funny side of things even in dire situtions is pretty important to me.

Helen said...

I do agree with the list you have Fiona something I really admire in a hero is honesty and a sense of humour, that always does it for me I am lost in the book then

Have Fun
Helen

Fiona Lowe said...

Rachie,
Patient eh? Yep another really good virtue although some of the bravest people I know are not patient at all. Still, that is a combination worth thinking about. Thanx!

Fiona Lowe said...

Ellen, I often think that we see all sorts of things in the person we love that others don't see. People think my DH is quiet and equate that with shy. He isn't shy at all but he does sit back and let others talk but if you take the time to listen you hear the very dry wit.

Fiona Lowe said...

Caroline, hold onto him, he sounds a gem!

Fiona Lowe said...

Michelle, I'm with you, LOL!

Fiona Lowe said...

Robyn, the description of him made me think she had actually met him. But like you, the coloring doesn't fuss me too much but the eyes do...I'm a sucker for eyes

Fiona Lowe said...

Helen, honesty and integrity, right? I agree.

I'm getting great stuff from you good women this morning, THANKYOU ALL

Fiona Lowe said...

Thanks so much everyone for commenting. And the winner is....drum roll.......Caroline! You have a true hero.
Email me at fiona@fionalowe.com with your name and address and I'll be thrilled to post you a copy of The Surgeon's Special Delivery.
Cheers
Fiona

CrystalGB said...

What a great list. All the qualities of a great hero. :)

Caroline said...

Ohhh Fiona thanks very much for picking me out as your winner. Email on the way! Thanks so much. Looking forward to reading the book enormously! Take care. Caroline