Monday, September 28, 2015

Male on Monday - The Hero: We Can Build Him

We're delighted to welcome back Cynthia Eden to the Pink Heart Society as she talks about how to create a winning hero, complete with #GIVEAWAY...

It’s a pleasure to be back here at the Pink Heart Society—thank you so much for having me over again! Since it’s Monday, that means it is time to talk about males. For today’s post, I thought I’d reveal about my favorite way to create a winning hero.

First, let’s start with the physical composition. When it comes to heroes, I’m a splicer. I take physical traits that I enjoy (traits that I see on famous actors, models, musicians, etc.), and I blend those character traits to create the perfect heroes for my stories. Let me give you an example…

I really like Henry Cavill’s chin and jawline. (Come on, he’s Superman! Of course, he has a great jaw.) So, I start my design with Cavill’s chin. 

Then I give the hero cheekbones like Jensen Ackles (any Supernatural fans here?). 

I finish up with Vin Diesel’s compelling eyes—and, yes, while we are on the subject of Vin Diesel, I add in his voice, too—a rough deep voice that will be perfect for a commanding hero.

I know—all of this sounds a bit mad science-y, but it’s my method for creating the physical description for my hero (and I use a similar technique for my heroine). I don’t like to say that a hero or heroine resembles just one person. Instead, it is an assortment of traits that are blended together to create the character who will best work in my story.

Now, after the physical set-up is complete, I focus on my character’s internal motivations and personality traits. And again—I don’t just go for one “big” picture here—I mix flaws and strengths to create a multi-leveled individual. Someone who has Clark Kent’s sense of justice. Someone with my addiction to chocolate. Someone who has a slight OCD issue that might rear its head in the book—traits that can be real and relatable to the readers.

And once you’ve concocted a very powerful blend…well, then you have your character. All layered up and ready to jump into your book.

Now I’m curious…have you ever mixed and matched physical traits from famous actors? Created your own perfect character? I’d love to hear about your experiences!  I’ll pick one random commenter to win a copy of my latest romantic suspense.

Cynthia's latest book, Suspicions, is available now:

Mark Montgomery will never forget the night Ava McGuire galloped onto his ranch terrified out of her mind. Once he’d saved his best friend’s sister from harm, the hardest part was letting her go. Now she’s seeking safe haven again—and rekindling desire that will engulf them both.

Uncovering the truth about that long-ago night plunges Ava into a world where no one can be trusted. Except maybe the rancher she has loved for years… But with a vengeful killer stalking them and passion drawing them inexorably closer, will Mark’s secrets be their downfall…?

For more about Cynthia Eden and her books, check out her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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  2. I like jensen's eyes. Oops completely off point. I like the idea of doing things that way. I will sometimes blend favorite traits.