Sunday, March 13, 2011
Search For A Hero
Developing a fictional hero feels like it should be the perfect job, but you soon discover it's impossible to please everyone, all the time. The advice 'write about what you know' comes into play here, as falling in love with the central character makes everything flow so much more easily. Finding yourself wondering about where he'd like to spend the weekend, or considering his seductive little bedroom tricks makes work a total pleasure. Some writers like blonde, blue eyed Nordic types but personally, I'd find it tricky to write about a guy like that. My weakness is for tall, dark men like my OH. Marrying the perfect man must be the ultimate in taking your work home with you, and means that inspiration is never far away. I write Modern Romance/Presents Extra for Harlequin Mills & Boon, and its lines have such a spread of character types and writing voices that there's a hero for every taste. The one thing they all have in common is that they're an affordable luxury.
And they never, never leave wet towels on the bathroom floor!
What do you look for in a fictional hero?
You can catch up with Christina Hollis on her website, http://www.christinahollis.com and on Twitter as @christinabooks.