Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Writer's Wednesday - The Hero at Home
I discovered the romance genre the year I turned forty. Looking back on all that's happened since, I suppose I could identify that delightful encounter as the onset of my midlife crisis. Not only did my reading habits change overnight, I began to write for the first time in my life. I found a new group of friends (other writers) and a new way to spend my vacation time (at writing conferences). I also found, within the pages of each love story I eagerly devoured, a new way of appreciating the hero I live with.
We romance readers and writers are, on average, a happily-in-love group. According to the 2009 Reader Survey posted on the Romance Writers of America Web site, romance readers are more likely than the general population to be living in a romantic relationship. We certainly spend more time than the general population considering the qualities that make a man desirable, don't you think?
What heroic qualities do you find in your personal hero? Have you ever read about a hero who reminded you of the man at home? Have you ever gifted a story's hero with a spouse's characteristic?
When Terry McLaughlin's husband granted her wish for a stained glass window, he unwittingly launched the plans for her December Superromance, A Small-Town Reunion. Check out pictures of Terry's heroic husband on her Web site.
link for RWA survey info:
link for Terry's Web site: