I just realized that I’ve been seeing a lot of contractor heroes in contemporary romances. I’ve actually thought of having a contractor hero in my books, but so far I haven’t. I wonder what makes them so attractive. Maybe the fact that they know how to use tools? If something breaks in your home, you have someone who can fix it. And of course, that means they’re good with their hands…
Cops are often heroes, too. My husband and I watch Blue Bloods, and if all cops were like the Reagan clan, with its three generations of cops, I would definitely put them in my books. But in real life, there’s sometimes a ‘power corrupts’ side to being a cop. Politics has that, too. In fact, to some extent, probably every career has people who are good and are bad – and most are probably somewhere in-between.
But I’m getting away from the subject. Heroes. A lot of my heroes – and heroines – tend to be self-employed. My hero in my current book is a former Marine who buys and sells stocks. Not for others; for himself. (It’s part of his PTSD.) Active Marines and Navy SEALs are often heroes in books.
Billionaires and millionaires are often heroes, too. Often they seem to own hotels in exotic places where they meet the heroines. But it doesn’t seem to matter what they do. Money is a great aphrodisiac in books – and in real life it’s not a bad thing, either.
I’ll be writing my next book soon. I don’t have the hero chosen yet, and I would love some help. What kind of hero do you like in books?