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 :)
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.