Tuesday 10 March 2015

Guest Post: Julie Shackman

Falling In Love With Your Hero!

H is for Handsome!

This is a must for any Hero. They might not be perfect (and let’s face it, who is?!) but they must appeal to not only the reader but also of course, the heroine in your story.

To me, the appeal of a hero is not only what they look like on the outside, it’s also about what they’re like on the inside too.

Having your readers fall in love with your hero is the biggest compliment imaginable!

E is for Enigmatic

Power, personality and an undeniable presence are a necessity for any hero. When I’m reading, I love being drawn to a hero with all these sorts of qualities. It’s a wonderful feeling reading about a hero who jumps straight off the page to seduce not only you, but also the protagonist (ooer!)

R is for Relatable

I sometimes find this is a difficult thing to achieve, but making your hero relatable (with flaws) makes him seem more realistic and alive.

I think the chiselled jawed, perfect character can come across as unobtainable. I always want the readers to feel that they would fall in love with him every bit as much as the heroine does.

O is for Original

I always think this is one of the trickiest things as a writer to achieve. Many people claim that every story-line has basically been done. It’s just a case of trying to put your own original voice into your story and characters.

Do that and you’ll have a story – and a hero – who your readers simply won’t be able to resist!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m just off to concentrate on my latest hero – it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it – and why not us?!

When single mum Chloe Jones wins a magazine competition to have TV heartthrob Ethan Blake live with her for a month, she thinks her dreams have come true. And the presence of the handsome star in her home and small Scottish town certainly causes a stir. But when Chloe begins to see his true colours, will she find the courage to face him, and admit where her heart truly lies?

Hero or Zero is available now
[Amazon UK       Amazon US]
Author Bio - I trained as a journalist but writing romance has always been a dream of mine. When I’ve not got my head in a book or drafting one, I write verses and captions for greetings card companies. Writing at home seems to be incredibly difficult for me – I usually require tea, music and noise.

My second romcom, "Hero or Zero" has just been released. “Rock My World” was my debut romcom and I'm currently writing my third.

I’m married, have two sons and live in Scotland.

You can find out more about Julie and her books on her blog, twitter and Facebook or on her publisher's website, Not So Noble Books

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