Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What is a Hero?

By Margaret Daley

As a writer of romances, one of the important ingredients in a love story is a dynamite hero. If a reader doesn't see how the heroine can fall in love with the hero, we have missed the mark as a writer. I write mostly romantic suspense so I tend to write more alpha heroes who are strong and take charge—knows how to take care of himself and others.

Cowboys are popular in romance books for a reason. Modern day cowboys remind us of our past when the Wild West was conquered by those cowboys (risk takers, fighters, protective, sometimes loners). I sometimes think of them as American's knights. But it isn't just cowboys that give that persona but so do police officers, firefighters and men in the military. Their job is to protect the public--to keep evil at bay.

Also, there's something about a man in a uniform that is sexy, appealing--whether a firefighter, police officer or in the military. To me their uniform is like a knight's armor. It commands our attention. Draws our attention to the man wearing it.

What do you want to see in a hero?

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of ninety books (five million sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.

Deadly Intent:
Texas Ranger Sarah Osborn thought she would never see her high school sweetheart, Ian O'Leary, again. But fifteen years later, Ian, an ex-FBI agent, has someone targeting him, and she's assigned to the case. Can Sarah protect Ian and her heart?


  1. I like to see guys doing the right thing even when it puts them in danger or goes against what they say they stand for...because it's right

  2. I think I fall in love with constancy.

  3. I like reading about men in uniform. I also like the extra element of danger that usually goes with a military or police hero. I like reading about cowboys, but as a Brit, they probably don't have that same image for me that they do for you.

  4. I like strength of character, but I also like seeing growth. So he needs some flaws to work on in the story.

  5. All of these qualities are good for a hero. I'm with you, Mel, about stepping up even when it's dangerous.

  6. Great thoughts on what makes a hero! I'm partial to cowboys - but I think a hero is one who does right even when no one is watching. And I agree with Mel, too!