If you’ve visited my Bio page, you know it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. However, Robyn DeHart, my blog guest today, is one of those rare authors who knew from an early age exactly what she wanted to be–it just took her a while to discover the right genre for her writing. I’m so glad she gravitated to historical romance because she’s brilliant at it and she has a new title coming out very soon. So soon, I’m still waiting for buy links and a cover for it. But I’ll let Robyn tell you more…
I don’t really remember what it was that drew me to romance when I first started reading them. I was young, so I suppose the reasons then probably differ from what keeps me in the genre. I do remember that the very first Kathleen Woodiwiss book I read (A Rose in Winter) was like a strike of lightening. Even though I was in high school, I knew in that moment that that was the type of book I wanted to write. I fell head over heels in love with historical romance and now here, twenty plus years later, that love hasn’t waned.
Recently I was reading a book and I had a big epiphany that doesn’t really surprise me, as I can clearly see the pattern in my reading tastes and several of the books I’ve written myself, frankly I’m surprised it took me quite so long to notice. When it comes to guys, those romantic hero types, I am totally drawn to the pursuer. I suppose this might be why I don’t gravitate toward the more traditional alpha hero because they aren’t always pursuers.
Two books come to mind that offer great examples of this type of hero, Suzanne Enoch’s The Care and Taming of a Rogue and Lisa Kleypas’s Mine Till Midnight. Now Suzanne is one of my very favorite authors, she’s definitely my go-to gal whenever I need a good pick-me-up because her books are just delightful and perfect in all the right ways. And I love, love, love her heroes. And her heroes are always pursuers, even if they don’t quite understand it themselves, they are completely captivated by the heroine, just can’t get enough and go after her full-throttle. Their unwavering pursuit just makes me feel all gooey on the inside. This is what romance novels are about for me. Lisa’s books do the same, they just hit all the right notes. And Bennett and Cam are two of my all-time favorite heroes.
So it should come as no surprise that this type of hero would find his way into my own books. Which brings me to my hero in my newest book, A Little Bit Wicked. Marcus Kincaid is in my top two favorite heroes I’ve ever written. When I started the book, he just took over. The chemistry between him and my heroine, Vivian was palpable and parts of the book seemed to write itself. Sometimes when you write, you find the magic and with these two I definitely found it.
(Mia breaking in here. I just received the gorgeous cover art for A Little Bit Wicked along with the buy link for Nooks. Amazon to come soon. Love this softly romantic cover! Ok, back to Robyn.)
Now there are plenty of great ways to put together a romance novel, but at their core, you either have boy pursues girl or girl pursues boy and both work. But for me that one that makes me come back again and again is the former. It even happened in my own love story. When I met The Professor I wasn’t so sure about him. He was really smart, an intellectual and frankly I felt a smidge intimidated and wondered what we’d ever talk about. And he was so very different from any man I’d ever dated or been attracted to. But he pursued me deftly and it worked!
You can find an excerpt of A Little Bit Wicked here at RobynDeHart.com
So how about you? What kind of hero do you gravitate to? Do you notice when you’re reading which character is the pursuer?
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