Elizabeth Goddard is back at the Pink Heart Society, talking about how 'ordinary' men can make the most compelling heroes...
Cream or sugar?
What’s this have to do with anything? Patience you must have, my young padawan.
I write romantic suspense and mysteries, and I’ll just be transparent here—there’s no room in my heart for a romance without a little suspense or mystery. In fact, the more, the better. But hey, it’s all good. We’re all different and we can be happy there are many choices when it comes to romance, coffee. . .
What’s a romance without one? We all have our preference and fortunately for me I married my hero! How about you?
In romantic suspense heroes are often in law enforcement. There’s no end to books in this genre with heroes that work for the FBI, CIA, the sheriff’s department, police, and the list goes on. They could have a military background so they would have the skills needed to face off with the bad guys in the story. Even if a hero isn’t in law enforcement, they could still have a background that would give them the required skills.
But what about your regular Joe—can he be a hero in a romantic suspense? Even if he doesn’t have a military background?
I’m here to tell you YES! Joe can be strong and capable of out-smarting the villain. He can even be a protector—and he’s worth protecting too!
I like variety when I write my heroes so please don’t limit me to law enforcement heroes in romantic suspense, okay?
Here’s a short list of some of the types of heroes I’ve written. Some of the stories are light romantic suspense novels—but the hero is just a regular Joe who has to save the day. (Perhaps you prefer your heroine to do the saving, but I don’t. Where’s the fun in that?J )
Vance Young, Computer geek and stargazer – Disarming Andi
Brandon Selman, Museum curator and paleontologist—Exposing Amber
Jack Kostner, Water fountain designer, inventor—Praying for Rayne
Romeo Merete, Drifter—Under the Redwood Tree
Graeme Hawthorne, Tree canopy biologist—Sheltering Love
Evan Black, Property developer—Hearts in the Mist
See what I’m talking about? V-A-R-I-E-T-Y
Now onto the actual romantic suspense novels I’ve written for Harlequin’s Love Inspire Suspense line. Out of the eleven suspense novels I’ve written for the line, only two included heroes who were actually in law enforcement. Freezing Point, my first LIS had an undercover hero with homeland security posing as an ice sculptor—okay so I still managed to get some variety in.
In my Mountain Cove series, the first book is Buried, and that hero, Cade Warren, is an avalanche specialist and volunteers for a search-and-rescue team.
The rest of the heroes in the series (books in order):
Untraceable, Isaiah Callahan, helicopter pilot
Backfire, David Warren, fireman
Submerged, Adam Warren, bike shop owner and caver
Tailspin, Will Pierson, bush pilot
And the last book in the series. . .
Deception, Colin Winters, police chief.
After writing five books in the series and getting to know the police chief, I felt like he deserved his own HEA. See? I’m not opposed to law enforcement heroes.
But here’s an important question for you. Can a romantic suspense without a law enforcement hero actually be any good? Hmm. Well, both Buried and Backfire are finalists in the 2016 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
So let’s have a round of applause for all the regular Joe’s out there who just want someone to give them a chance to be a real hero!
I’m giving away a copy of DECEPTION! Leave a comment and tell me who your favorite hero of all time is.
Elizabeth's latest book, Deception, is available now:
Trail of secrets
Jewel Caraway thought she'd left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives at her door. Though she's thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister's new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? And if he is involved…does that mean her sister is, too? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed?
Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide
Elizabeth Goddard graduated with a B.S. degree in computer science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dream of becoming an author.