In my current book, the 4th Rescued Hearts novel, the hero is a doctor and a widower, with a young teenage daughter who isn’t doing well emotionally – and I couldn’t get a handle on him. I didn’t want him to be a macho hero, but because of his circumstances, I couldn’t see him as a laughing guy. So I put a call out on Facebook, and I asked whether people wanted my hero to be Dr. McSexy type or a Leonard type from The Big Bang Theory.
Leonard won hands down. So my hero is a nerd. Even though he’s a successful surgeon and his late wife was beautiful, he still feels inept and clumsy in front of the heroine. I’m having fun with the nerdy part of him.
I have a book on heroes and heroines, and my nerdy doctor could fit the “Professor” archetype. Another unusual boyfriend character I like is from the movie Juno. Her boyfriend might fit the “Best Friend” archetype, which is something else you don’t see often in books or most movies. He’s just a really sweet guy who’s a bit nerdy, too. Juno, the heroine, loves this high school track runner so much that she makes him sexy. And he loves her back just as much, and that makes him sexier. Heroes who love the heroine that much and want the best for her are always sexy to me.
Love Actually is of my favorite movies. All the male stars were wonderful. But one that stood out for me was Colin Firth. His character was not a lady killer. Quite the opposite. It starts off with him catching his brother having sex with his girlfriend. So he leaves for France, and he falls for his Portuguese housekeeper who doesn’t speak English. He’s clumsy and awkward – and I was rooting for him.
Yes, I like the alpha and suave sexy Daniel Craig type stars, too. But for me, it’s more fun to write a Leonard type for a change.
What unusual characters would you like to see as a hero?