May 20th, 2013 by admin
I had to think about what I do when I create a hero in one of my westerns. He has to be bigger than life. Think, John Wayne in the western movies of a time gone by. Big. Strong.
Or Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok. He must have a strict sense of justice and be a generally upstanding citizen. These men were both the law in several different cities.
For my books, although, he and my heroine might make love before marriage, he knows there will be a marriage. And if the heroine doesn’t want to get married, he will do everything in his power to change her mind.
He’s a wonderful father. Teaching his children, sons or daughters, to ride, rope and shoot with the best of them.
My heroes are also caring and gentle. They know their strength and make sure to rein it in when dealing with the heroine. No matter how obstinate or ornery she gets he never physically harms her. He may intimidate her, he may restrain her, but there is always an innate respect for her.
He is always slow to anger but once riled, look out. And don’t even think about harming someone he cares for, he’ll always make you sorry you did, assuming you live to make it to the hanging. He won’t kill you outright or without reason, but you’d better not give him a reason.
Creating a western hero is not any easier than creating a Regency or Highland hero, or any other kind. They are as strong and have as great a sense of right and wrong as any of those other heroes. But I tend to think of them as quieter, more reflective. The strong but silent type who never toots his own horn. I think that’s one of the reasons that I love them so much.