Monday, August 19, 2013

Male on Monday: Barbara White Daille

Thanks to The Pink Heart Society for inviting me here to talk about one of my favorite subjects:  heroes.

Rancher Ben Sawyer, the hero of Honorable Rancher, is in love with his best friend's wife, Dana—and has been since their kindergarten days.  Honorable even at five years old, he would never steal another guy's girl. 

That best buddy, Paul Wright, grew up to become the town's golden boy and then made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life to his country.  Knowing their hometown hero will never return drives Dana out of Ben's reach forever.

Or does it?

When I looked for inspiration for Ben, I found just what I needed in Johnny Depp.  He's got those chiseled cheekbones and great jawline.  The piercing gaze that seems to see right to the heart of you.


He's also a man who's comfortable playing a number of roles.  From Edward Scissorhands to John Dillinger to Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp wears many masks.


So does Ben.  He would never dream of tarnishing Paul's memory and knows he can never take the place of his best friend.  Forced to hide his true feelings, he shows a mask to the folks of Flagman's Folly.  But wearing it becomes more of a struggle each day.

I read romances anticipating I'll like almost any type of hero, no matter how he appears at first glance.  The silent, brooding type.  The  Alpha male.  The trustworthy boy next door.  But only after I begin to know the man beneath the surface—behind the mask—will I find myself falling in love. 

Sooner or later, that mask of Ben's will have to come off!

What's your favorite type of hero?


Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.

From the time she was a toddler, Barbara found herself fascinated by those things her mom called "books."  Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that spell for others.

Barbara hopes you will enjoy reading her stories and will find your own storytelling magic in them!


She would love to have you drop by her website:





  1. Hi, and thanks for stopping by!

    I'll be looking forward to hearing what you like in a hero.


  2. Barbara,

    Thanks so much for sharing Johnny, um, Ben with everyone today. :)

    1. remember everyone ripping on him for leaving america protest gulf oil, er, war leigh? now we find out he was right sort of wish i'd left too

      courage + perseverence in face of seeming insurmountable oppression/persecution sets my buzzer ringing barb

    2. Those sound like two of the marks of a true hero, Keith!

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    4. uh huh barb is hero now unisex...would dana's [oops meant tess's] tomboy daughter be offended if she was called a 'heroine'...? - johnny depp as writer hunter s. thompson in fear and loathing in las vegas

  3. Leigh, it's my pleasure--doubled. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hi Barbara,

    I'm right there with you on heroes. I have to cast mine and Depp would make a great candidate. Hmm, maybe he should stop by and audition. Ha. Sounds like a great book.


  5. Thanks, Pam!

    It was a tough book to write since I had to take Ben and Dana--and myself--through an emotional wringer, but we do what we've gotta do.

    Great idea about the audition! ;)

    Thanks for dropping by.

  6. I love the idea of authors auditioning for their heroes and heroines. I think in a way that is what you do.

    I like almost any type of hero. Ben sounds like a winner.

    1. don't forget to audition yourselves kaelee + other heroes! : -superchick 'hero'

  7. Kaelee - auditioning is definitely part of the process, even though it's an internal one. Except for searching the Internet for photos, of course. ;)

    Glad you like the sound of Ben. He's a real keeper for Dana.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting!