By Carolyn Gibbs
While thinking of what to write for this post, I wondered what is exactly is a hero. As writers we all toss around the word hero so much, and use it without thinking about what it means. So I looked up the definition of the word hero, and then applied it my hero, Daren Elliot who is featured in my novella "Love & the Economy," which will be coming out in September by Secret Cravings Publishing.
As writers we all know our hero is the main character of our story. In short, the man our leading lady wants to get it on with. Of course the word hero has several meanings and the dictionary first states it as somebody who is admired. Well that’s an easy one, in "Love & the Economy," Daren is still admired, although from a distance by his ex-wife Andrea. When they’re forced to share their house again, Daren attempts to win Andrea’s love back and looks around and starts meeting her needs. He takes it upon himself to update her basement office. And it’s not long after Andrea sees him hauling lumber in his work clothes, and flexing his muscles while driving in nails that her admiration grows. But it’s not just a physical thing. Daren goes out of his way to become a better father to his children, and pitches in with the housekeeping. A hero who can design and build a room, and whip up dinner when Andre’s working late is hard for her to resist.
While writing the story I rooted for Daren’s success. Once I got into Daren’s head and understood his motivations, it was easy to identify with him and to help him regain a relationship with his ex during a difficult time in his life. Once he realized he still loved Andrea, he rolled up his sleeves and began building a new life for the both of them, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s showing off his killer biceps while doing it. ♥
Carolyn Gibbs has a background in television news, and is published in short fiction. She’s a member of RWA New York City Chapter, RWA Women’s Fiction Chapter and Liberty States Fiction Writers. You can follow her on http://carolynwrites.blogspot.com.
TOMORROW: Meet Hannah Rowan's hero.