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I Need a Hero

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would post about building the perfect hero.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a hero is, “A person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”

In a novel, a hero can be everything from a dashing knight to a brilliant physician to a sexy artist.  We are rarely presented with a “hero” who is “simply” the boy next door.  There can be exceptions to this rule if the seemingly normal alpha has hidden qualities or talents (think Superman).  Therefore, we also require a bit of mystery to the building of the perfect hero.

It is important to keep in mind that the hero does not always initially appear as a dashing young man or a brilliant physical specimen.  In fact, allowing the reader to witness a physical and/or emotional transformation over the course of the novel may actually cement his place in the readers’ hearts and minds.

What am I looking for in a hero?

Think the nobility of King Arthur meets the passion of Mozart and the redemption of Rick from “Casablanca,” all with a modern day twist :)

 

How will you build your perfect hero?  Email me at ewrquery@mcintoshandotis.com.

Per my submission guidelines: please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel.

 

Happy writing!

Elizabeth