One thing of which I am certain: romance readers love a tortured hero – the lost soul, so damaged by the million different things life has thrown at him he grows defeated, feels adrift and unworthy. A hero who feels there’s no turning back from his past; from who he is. One they can immediately empathize with or cheer for as he travels that long, difficult road toward his happily-ever-after. What’s better than watching that man fall in love and learn that his past does not define him? That he isn’t too flawed to be loved? But what about tortured heroines? As a reader, do you feel the same intense, immediate attachment to the female counter-part?
As a writer, I love creating tortured characters – especially tortured heroes. They are extremely difficult to write; draining, both emotionally and mentally. But once their story is written…there’s just something so much more rewarding about having completed it.
When a new story comes to mind, I usually hear the hero’s voice first – his hopes and dreams, his conflict. So, imagine my surprise the first time I heard the voice of a heroine calling out to me. A heroine who suffered so much pain in her youth she is lost; alone and lonely. A heroine whose entire life played through my head like a movie—one that brought tears to my eyes more than once. As a woman who hates to cry, loathes it actually, I couldn’t leave Izzy’s story untold. She needed her happily-ever-after. She’d earned it!
Putting Isabeau Montgomery on the page was not an easy task. On more than one occasion I wanted to reach out and hug her, assure her that everything would work out. In the end, she would be happy. Sexy singer Noah Clark would walk through the door of her bar and turn her world upside down. But since hugging is a no-no in Izzy’s world, I had to let her figure this out on her own.
So tell me, do you enjoy tortured heroes? What about tortured heroines?
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Sarah Grimm is an award winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons and three miniature schnauzers. Between mom’s taxi service, parts runs, and answering the phone for the family marine repair business, Sarah can be found curled in her favorite chair, crafting her next novel.