September 5, 2012
by Kaily Hart
Anyone who has read any of my books knows I like my heroes big, tough and oh so bad. Of course, the ‘badness’ really only goes so far. Deep down each of them has a core of integrity that’s unshakeable, a code of honor that’s unquestionable and a willingness to sacrifice anything for the woman, his heroine. Sigh… I love to play to the edge of ‘redeemability’ with my heroes. I love to push it to the limit to see just how bad they can be, how far I can take it while still ensuring the reader doesn’t give up on him completely. Of course, they have to fall in love with him too, right? And they have to buy into the heroine falling for him. No one is perfect and I think the best books are those that really showcase characters that don’t have it all, don’t act with control all the time, have faults, weaknesses, eccentricities, characters how are human, while still maintaining that fantasy element, especially the hero.
Of course, this badness comes in many forms. It could be his attitude to woman and/or sex. It could be his personality, perhaps he’s rude, obnoxious, arrogant. It could be his mindless determination, his unwavering focus on a goal, ruthlessly pushing aside anyone who gets in his way. It could be something unsavory from his past. Or maybe he just personifies those attributes we associate with the typical bad boy; tattoos, piercings, long hair, a blatant disregard for social conventions J. Regardless, as an author, it’s fun to leverage these types of scenarios to really amp up the badness of my hero because for a hero at the end of the day, being bad can be a really, really good thing. :)
So…what do YOU think? Do you like a ‘bad’ hero and just how bad do you think he can be? Is there anything that would be off-limits in your mind? Comment and enter to win a digital copy of any book on my backlist.
Kaily Hart, a seemingly straight-laced mother of four, left corporate America and a high-powered, lucrative career to be a stay at home mom. Right… That lasted about four weeks, during which time she realized she had a deeply repressed dream—to write. And (gasp) romance at that! Who knew? By day, Kaily plays conservative wife and soccer mom, but at night crafts hot and steamy tales of romance and love with gorgeous heroes who wouldn’t dream of leaving the toilet set up. Ever. She’s smart and sassy, at least in her own mind, and is creating as many happy ever afters as she can, one hot story at a time. Kaily never would have thought she’d be doing this, but now that she is? Well, you couldn’t pay her enough to do anything else.
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