Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Writing Tips for aspiring authors - Character Traits for the Romantic Heroine
For a modern reader, a romantic heroine must embody three things: an ability to connect with the reader, strength, and she must deserve the hero.
Connect with Readers:
What makes her sympathetic?
How does she deal with sorrow and loss? Does she fall apart or put on a brave façade?
How does she deal with loneliness?
Does she have a sense of humor. Laughter is one trait everyone finds appealing. Who doesn't enjoy a good laugh?
I try to draw on the following qualities:
I like a smart, clever heroine who can figure things out for herself.
I like her to have some inner strength. When it gets tough, I want to her to be able to look her problems right in the eyes despite the challenges she faces.
I like her a little gutsy and brave. I'd like her to be willing to take chances.
Deserving the Hero:
Does she have a like mindset as him?
Does she embody the inner nobility he does?
Does she do the right despite the temptation to lie, cheat, and steal?
Does she hold firm to her values like he does his?
QUESTION: As an author, what traits do you weave into your heroines? As a reader, what kind of heroine appeals to you?
Stephanie's latest release is "Feast of Candles," a spicy contemporary romance. When Drake steps into Lily's lonely world, he's determined to win over her heart, but is she willing to let him in?
She placed her hands on his chest, aware of his strength and warmth. Over the past week, she'd become comfortable in his embrace. "The van leaves at eight from the winery and we'll arrive at the hospital around ten. We'll set up and meet with the children at twelve. After passing out the gifts, we'll share a dinner with them and then we're done around four."
"Sounds like a busy day."
"Have you ever been to San Francisco?" "My plane landed there, but I didn't linger." "I'll show you the sights, then."
"Do we have a place to stay?"
"My penthouse. I have a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge."
"Is there anything you don't own?" Amusement danced in his eyes.
She placed a finger to her cheek. "Give me a minute. I'll think of something."
5 Stars, Amazon Reviews, Loves Romance
The ending with the feast of candles is so romantic you'll want your own. Lovely Story.
Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B008NXELPG