Writing a Damaged Hero
When Karen Nutt invited me to submit for the Be My Everything anthology I was ecstatic. My next problem, come up with not only a story but the hero and heroine. For those of you who are aware of my work I write regency cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. With that said, the story line came easy. Either a murder, kidnapping or some variation on one or the other.
The two main characters or at least the hero gave me problems. How can I created a damaged hero, Guy, Earl of Tining Abbey, while at the same time make him believable. Through a little backstory at the beginning of the book you learn of and how he was injured. Then you, my dear reader, learn why he retreated to his primary estate.
I should point out with his wound writing several scenes proved to be more difficult than I first thought. In particular, while at a ball and requesting a waltz from the heroine, Lady Julia. Once I was able to overcome this initial dilemma the scene became very easy to write. I will point out though, when many of the grand dames and matrons of the ton watched them waltz they weren’t happy. As you can plainly see from the following passage Lady Julia is a strong, determined young lady. (I put it in italics so as to separate it from the rest of this post.)
"M' lord, I've heard some of the ladies had been vicious in their words about you. When I first arrived from the houseparty several, who shall remain nameless, were still gossiping about your venture into the ballrooms. As I hadn't made your acquaintance yet I held my tongue. Now that we've met and I am under your protection, but not wishing to cause problems, if I hear anything untoward I shan't be quiet," Julia declared.
As you can tell from Lady Julia’s words she isn’t put off by the earl’s injury. This continues to puzzle Guy until he meets with her father, The Duke of Shamton. The duke suffers the same affliction, caused by the same enemy, French artillery, but in a different war.
Would I write another hero with an injury-yes. I believe in doing so adds strength to the character.
I’ve been an avid reader ever since I was old enough to hold a red leather bound first edition copy of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake in my lap.
So it only seemed natural at some point in my life I take up pen and paper to start writing. Over time my skills slightly improved which I attribute to my English teachers.
My breakthrough came about in the mid 1970’s when I read a historical romance written by Sergeanne Golon, Angelique. This French husband and wife team opened my eyes to the real world of fiction. Stories about romance, beautiful damsels, handsome heroes and plots which kept me hooked. Of course, being a man, I had to keep my reading hidden from others as that wasn’t appropriate reading for men.
With this new found appreciation of the written word I took up other books and devoured them as a starving person would a plate of food. I them attempted to write again. I still wasn’t satisfied so I put it aside for years as other events entered my life.
Finally, in the early years of the new millennium I tried again to write and once again met with limited success. At least now I was able to get past the first page or two. Then, in 2006 a life changing event brought me back to my love, I took a job as a security officer. This allowed me plenty of time to read different genres.
My favourite was regency. As I poured through everyone I could get my hands on I knew this could be something I wanted to attempt.
Since 2012 when my debut regency romantic suspense released I was hooked and have, except for a few contemporaries, focused on this genre.
Since 2012 I’ve lived in central Texas. I’m also a member of Romance Writers of America and their local chapter.
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