Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WOULD YOU DATE THE RENEGADE RANCHER?


Congratulations to "Janice H.", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

WOULD YOU DATE THE RENEGADE RANCHER?
or What I learned from writing my hero's bio for a game show...

I love to write. I love to create fast-moving scenarios, put my characters in unusual situations, and as some people say: I chase them up trees and throw rocks until the branch breaks. But I had never thought about whether anyone but my heroine would date my hero. That puts another spin on creating the character. And another question to answer while I'm writing.

I was asked to participate in a character bachelorette game. Eight fictional heroes compete for a fictional heroine. They wanted an 800 word bio for the blog. My first response was sure, not a problem. Building a hero that appeals to a wide range of readers is what writers do. If we didn't, our audience would be very small. So this should be easy peasy.

Then I began writing… In some ways it was like writing about myself. After all, I had created this man. All of his imperfectness made him terrific and very vulnerable in my eyes. But I had created that character using 56,000 words. I needed to explain why Brian would be the perfect date. Honestly, I didn't have a clue. He didn't date. Ever. Circumstances in his story didn't make dating an option. He's a hero. Wasn't that enough? So over a weekend I asked readers to tell me why liked Brian.  


Brenda K.B.: I love that he'll do anything to help the people that he loves.
Kourtney P: Every day guy who performs as best he can in a terrible situation.
Misty G. C.: He seems like he is real and not a faker.
Cheryl K.: Brian was a protector without even realizing it.
Carole F.: He helped the ones he loved and was a protector!
Barbara V.: He's been so put upon in his life but he didn't let it make him bitter. He kept plugging along, not having a pity party for himself. Just a guy doing the best he can. He's the very definition of a quiet hero.

Wow. I had created a fictional character with all those qualities. The fans had summed it up nicely. Basically, every hero I write is someone I wish I had dated. And every heroine is someone I'd love to be my best friend. I had three paragraphs, I needed 

The Bachelorette game doesn't include pictures. Oh no…my cover is really good. How was I going to let readers know just how cute Brian was? And Brian wasn't a former SEAL like his brother. He was an everyday hard working man. Ah… Maybe readers would get a picture of him with this paragraph: 

"This man isn’t afraid to work with his hands or without his shirt. His Justins are as well-worn along with his black Stetson and his distressed jeans. I dare you to tell him apart from his twin brother. Most people can’t, but I’m certain that the right woman will never question who’s in her arms. Especially after their first kiss."

In most of my stories, the hero and heroine are thrown together for a fast escape, He needs to protect her, she needs to find out why she needs protecting. So I still didn't have an answer why Brian's date would be perfect. I wanted to be true to HIS story and I had honestly never thought about a date. Then my writing buddy Jan asked: Well, does he like campfires? And it hit me… Brian would have a very unconventional date:   


He might need some help with the perfect date. That is, unless you enjoy moonlight rides, picnics under the stars and a campfire with s’mores. Watch out, because breakfast is his specialty. His pancakes have a secret ingredient you might have to bribe him to give up.

Obviously, my heroes are from my imagination. And I do put a little of my husband into each one. There's an entire scene based on a phrase my husband uses. I'm not allowed to say, because my daughter is afraid of which one it is. (LOL) My bottom line? I would date Brian. Would you?
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Check out WEEK 3 of the #CharacterBachelorette
You can vote for Brian, THE RENEGADE RANCHER 
if you think he's the perfect date.
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ANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Carolyn Readers Choice, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.. 

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22 comments:

  1. VERY good interview Angi and I look forward to each of your books. After 40 years of marriage I don't look at a book hero as dating material (LOL) but I appreciate the characters strengths and willingness to make sacrifices for those they love. Renegades and scoundrels with hidden hearts of gold make for a great adventure.

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    1. Thank you Brenda. It's been 25 years of marriage for me, so I really was surprised when I thought about it.
      ~Angi

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    1. Yes I would definitely date some of the men I read!

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    2. That's awesome Debbie !!
      I love it when a character makes a good impression.
      ~Angi

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  3. Hmmm, some of the men in the books I have read seem like they would be dating material... others way out there or a bit too dramatic or wild for me! ;)

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    1. I hear ya, Colleen. I hear ya !!
      I would really have liked to fall for one of those billionaires though...
      ~Angi

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  4. In case you want to vote for Brian as the perfect bachelor...or date...
    Vote #TeamBrian ROUND 3
    #CharacterBachelorette Game
    http://bit.ly/1p8AzqP

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  5. Unfortunately I am too old to date most of the men I read about, but I sure would have dated them in my younger days! But some would have made me run the other way - fast. Either way I still like reading about them.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTca

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    1. I bet they all would have dated you Jo-Anne !
      ~Angi

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  6. maybe

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. Some of them most definitely, but in my reading I do love a rogue. Not the stuff of dreams in real life, but fun to read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. Life might be interesting for a while with some of them.... but I think I'll keep my husband. Like a man in a Navy uniform ;)

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    1. There is something about a man in uniform.
      ~Angi

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  9. I don't think I could date an Alpha book hero, I love reading about them but I would probably be more likely to date a Beta hero.
    Thanks!
    tpibrew@msn.com

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    1. Being married to a sexy Beta geek... I agree!
      ~Angi

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  10. If I weren't already married to the sexiest man I know, I would definitely date some of the heroes I read about (and write about)! Great post Angi! I'm looking forward to reading your work! authorsharonccooper@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Sharon. And good luck with that "sexy" man of yours !
      ~Angi

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  11. If I were single, I would date a strong hero; not a cocky one, but a confident nice guy. I married a man who was strong but sweet in all the areas that make for a good partnership-- 34 years ago. When I'm reading I think I tend to get into the fantasy realm with my heroes, guys I probably would be too chicken to date, but get enthused about in a romantic adventure or mystery. At least that's what I think. :-) jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. As it should be !!! Very nice, Janice.
      ~Angi

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