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I’m emerging from the dark depths of a writing deadline to join this week’s blog hop. Thanks to Susan Peterson Wisnewski for sending some of you my way. Today’s questions come from the lovely Kim Handysides.
1.What’s your ideal: alpha or beta and why?
Well, I’m not sure what anyone would find appealing about a beta. I need my hero to have some charisma and physical presence. That doesn’t mean they can’t be sweet guys. Men with personality and charm win me over every time. Good looks don’t hurt, but attitude and confidence play a big part in attraction. I tend to write about guys who have hearts of gold and don’t hide it. On the flip side, I like to read about guys who seem a little heartless until the love of their life shows the world there’s more to him than a face and some ego. I guess I like to write about those alphas as well, they just haven’t been published … yet.
2.Do you have a male buddy or mate you use for confirmation or inspiration when crafting your heroes?
I have a husband, but I do not usually consult him when it comes to my heroes because he would say something outrageous just to be funny. I do steal things from him without him knowing. His sense of humor is his greatest strength and I have used some of his lines in my writing. I figure if he cracks me up, he’ll make others laugh as well.
3.What does any hero have to do to win your heart?
I like my heroes confident on the outside and just a little bit vulnerable on the inside. I need a hero who shows up like he owns the place but worries the heroine is going to figure him out any minute (which she usually does!) I need someone with a sense of humor, especially about himself. I can’t be all ego – he needs to be intent on doing somethings for others. There needs to be that part of him that wants to better the world he’s in, even if it’s only for the woman he loves. I like a man to be capable of being selfless.
There you have it. That’s what I look for in my heroes. Follow the link to see how J.J. Devine answered these questions.
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