Hello from the Lone Star state. I gotta first thank the ladies here at Chickswagger for taken this hen in as a member! I already feel right at home, so ‘scuse me while I kick off my shoes and get comfortable. And trust me when I say I’m ready to relax.
A book release is exciting, fun, hard work, and the most stressful thing this writer goes through. I’m thrilled that the Lost and Found, In. series has been well received. I write for my readers and them alone. Why? I’ll admit it…I wallow in praise. Let me open an email from a reader who’s read one of my books and loved it enough to email me and I glow like newlyweds after a round of hot sweaty sex!
Now don’t get me wrong. It won’t ever replace the orgasm, but it gets close. Seriously, a letter telling me the reader can’t wait for the next book is rewarding as hell. But for me, it adds a heavy dose of pressure. I would hate to disappoint or let one of my readers down.
But enough about that! How do you like your hero? Truth be told, I like them gritty with a dash of class. Lethal combo to me! The perfect example (my husband) is in the room, so I’ll whisper. In my bio, I call him my John Wayne. Sisters, believe me when I tell you, I’m not exaggerating one bit. He still opens my car door, walks on the outside when we’re on a sidewalk, and speaks very little. (Although, I did have a boss tell me that Jim and I had been married so long he’d probably forgotten how to talk) But don’t ask him a question if you don’t want the answer.
When I start a book, I have to know my hero. Right down to finding a picture of him. For No Chance in Hell, I had two men in mind and couldn’t decide. So I let my Facebook readers pick. They chose Karl Urban, and I think he’s the perfect Marcus Ricci.
I also like my hero to have a little class under that gruff exterior. Let me tell you why this Texan cheers for the Broncos.
Meet Payton Manning, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. His prowess on the football field is well known, but for me, the class he demonstrates when he’s not playing makes him a hero.
Last year, Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens dealt Manning and the Broncos a devastating loss. After the game, Manning went to the Ravens locker room. You see, Lewis was retiring and Manning wanted to say well done. But it was after Lewis had showered, changed into his suit, and finished with the press conference, that he learned Manning and his family were waiting for him.
Manning lost that game, but he stayed long after his teammates had left. Why? To shake Ray Lewis’s hand and wish him the best.
I want my hero’s to have that kind of classy confidence. How about you? What qualities do you look for in your hero?