Day 1 Kristan Higgins – Falling For A Hero

And Then a Hero Comes Along

Kristan Higgins Waiting on YouHello, readers! How are you today? Thanks for popping in! I’m very happy to be part of Read a Romance Month, though every month is Read a Romance Month in my house. Yours too, I bet. But how great that we get to officially designate August as our month! I thought I’d write about heroes today, because one of the main reasons I think we all read romances is to fall in love a bit (or a lot). All those happy endorphins, all that thrilling newness! And so I was thinking about the books I read, and why I love certain heroes more than others, and what makes me love them. The first thing on my list was…

Kindness. You thought I was going to say long eyelashes, didn’t you? Nah. Those are fun, too, but I’ll tell you something. McIrish has killer eyelashes, but it was him telling me (on our first date) how he rescued a kitten during a thunderstorm that made me start naming our babies.

Competence. I’m not talking about the ability to change a light bulb or whip up dinner, though those things are also nice. I mean, the ability to do the right thing at the right time. When to just listen, or showing up at the exact right moment, or knowing when to take my—I mean, her—hand.

Sense of Humor. Laughter and love both relieve stress and elevate heart rate and contribute to longevity. And it’s intimate, too, isn’t it? It’s like a secret side of yourself, revealed to someone else. He made you laugh. He gets you.

Honesty. You can’t get very far in a relationship if you don’t trust your man. And once that trust is broken, I wonder if it ever can be repaired. What do you think?

Appreciation. A guy who appreciates you—and shows it, through a smile, by saying thanks, sometimes just by a look…it’s so lovely to be acknowledged, whether it’s for doing something great or simply for being special. Those are the real reasons I fall in love with a hero. The long eyelashes and broad shoulders are just window dressing.

Recommendations:  Here are two great authors I think you’ll love:

Laura Moore ( www.lauramoorebooks.com )  Laura has also created a RARM essay and content you can read here.

Huntley Fitzpatrick (www.huntleyfitzpatrick.com ) Find Huntley’s RARM essay and content on her Facebook page on Aug 1. We’ll post it here when it finds an internet home.


 Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

The most adventurous thing I’ve done is go swimming off the Great Barrier Reef because A) I’m afraid of water; B) I can’t breathe underwater; C) I’d never gone snorkeling before and D) there were sharks somewhere in that ocean. And then I nearly drowned. But I didn’t. I’m still here. You can drop the prayer vigil; I made it out alive…AND was rescued not just by my firefighter/rescue swimmer husband but also a brawny Australian who called me “love.”

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

As for my journey to getting started, it was simply the right time. I felt like writing a book had been lurking around the edges of my life for a while, but I had other things to do first. When the time came, things went in a pretty straightforward fashion: I finished a manuscript, got an agent, and she made a sale. I’ve been under contract ever since, which is pretty amazing to me. I never thought I’d write five books, but here I am, working on #14.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

The book that changed my life was Gone With the Wind. Simply stated, it was the first book that broke my heart, and I understood the power behind a great book…and how much they mean to us in tough times.

Kristan is generously donating one set of her Blue Heron Books—The Best Man, The Perfect Match and Waiting On You—to one lucky winner, domestic only (apologies to international readers). Entry form at the bottom of the post. Good luck! 

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Kristin HigginsBio: Kristan Higgins is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of a dozen romantic comedies. Her next book, IN YOUR DREAMS, comes out in September. Visit her website at www.kristanhiggins.com.

 

 

 

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  • helena rizzuto

    *sharks and deep water are NOT my friends, no matter how many times I watch Nemo.* I agree that our heroes require certain characteristics:)

    • Kristan Higgins

      And yet I’m addicted to Shark Week. Go figure.

      • Sharon Forbes

        That’s like me, I’m really into this show on The Weather Channel of all places called Catching Hell. It’s about deep sea fishing, crew of three, and they catch the fish with spears, it’s totally facinating to me, and it’s something I’d never do!!

  • pjsharon

    I already love your recommendations, Kristan. Laura Moore and Huntley Fitzpatrick are two of my favorite romance authors! I’m cracking up over your “most daring” adventure. It paints a pitiful picture, my friend:-)

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks for your love and sympathy, PJ, you wench, you! I agree about Huntley & Laura. Loved both their latest books.

    • Laura Moore

      Back atcha, PJ! I loved Pieces of Love!

  • lisa

    It’s no wonder I love your heroes with the above as your template.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Lisa! I confess, it’s kind of hard to get over them once a book is done. Good thing I have my real-life honey!

  • Laura Moore

    I love your list, Kristan! I think your heroes have all the above–and the impossibly long eyelashes, too!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Laura!

  • Sue G.

    I agree! I think once the trust is broken, forget it.

    • Kristan Higgins

      I agree. Infidelity is wicked hard to overcome. I deal with it a little bit in IN YOUR DREAMS, which comes out 9/30/14. It’s definitely a fascinating issue, that’s for sure.

  • Suzanne Kalb

    So interesting to read this–I was just talking to a group of writers about the fact that descriptions of the hero’s nose or abs or shape of his mouth don’t make me hot. Those details actually take me out of the story while I try to conjure up the images they’ve just described. It’s the very things you just mentioned that give me that zing. When he says just the right thing, or makes the harder choice, the one that shows what a decent guy he is–those things zing me.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Word, sister!

  • Katie Smith

    Very interesting. Love the list!!!

  • I love her books! She’s one of my fave authors & an auto buy for me.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thank you so much, Daphne!

  • Kathleen O

    Kristan’s Books are just like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, with rainbows at the end…

    • right?! xo what a lovely way to put it!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Kathleen! Loved reading that!

  • Frances Brown

    Only one a month? I’ll bet I read and/or listen to over 5 romances a month 😉

    • I read around 10, so I hear you! Think of it more as “Romance Novel Awareness Month” xo Thanks for being here. :o)

      • Kristan Higgins

        But Read a Romance Month has such a great ring to it. And yeah…it’s sort of a 365 thing around here.

      • Laura Moore

        Such a great event, Bobbi. I hope readers will discover lots of new authors and stories this month.

  • Gail Ingis

    I love Kristan’s books, she has the philosophy down. It’s what he says and what he does that makes me smile. Tom and I read her books together,. I read aloud. It’s a wonderful way to capture Kristan’s sparkly words.

    • Kristan Higgins

      I love picturing the two of you reading to each other, Gail!

      • Gail Ingis

        Ouuu, la la.

  • Hope Stern

    Great suggestions and love your stories, surprised about Gone With the Wind but agree.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Hope!

  • Toni Linenberger

    I love your list of traits. I totally agree.

  • Elizabeth

    Love the list. I especially agree with the sense of humor part! Oh, and Gone with the Wind would be the book that changed my life as well.

  • Debby B

    I love Kristan’s books. I totally agree about the eyelashes, I have long eyelashes my husband has thick eyelashes. We now have three kids with killer eyelashes every time my daughters bats her’s at her pap or dad I go “oh no her future boyfriend is in for it!” The boys have them too but all I can think is the ladies are going to fall for them so fast!
    You fell in love with Gone with The Wind, I became super addicted to reading with the Scarlet Letter in high school. 🙂

  • mariannewestrich

    I love anything Kristan writes! She makes me laugh and cry from page to page. It’s always a roller coaster that I don’t want to get off of when the story ends.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Can’t ask for more than that! Thank you so much, Marianne!

  • Krysten Mich

    Love all Kristan Higgins’s books! Great recommendations!

  • Fern Martin

    Almost nothing makes me smile like a Kristan Higgins book.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Fern! What a nice compliment!

  • Meghan

    Great blog post! 🙂

  • Jen C

    I love Kristan Higgins! Romance with humor is so fun to read. I think she’s spot on in her blog post. Especially with humor. I need a man who makes me laugh every day.

    • Kristan Higgins

      I think laughing at the same things, those little private jokes, can be just as intimate as nooky. ; )

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Loved your essay. I totally agree about Gone With The Wind. It is such a powerful story. I was so disappointed that Rhett and Scarlett never ended up together. Good thing there is a lot of romances out there with a nice happy ending!

  • kez

    I agree with the five things that make us love heroes. The broad shoulders and pretty eyes never hurt though!!
    I think you have to want to forgive and forget.
    Thanks for the great books! I look forward to the new one. 🙂

  • Vicki Kingsley

    I’m going to look for Laura Moore and Huntley Fitzpatrick at the library, I love discovering new authors to read!

    • Kristan Higgins

      You won’t be sorry! Love their books.

  • Sandy Kelly

    I read waaay more than 1 book a month. I probably read 5-8 books a week. I would rather read than watch tv.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Atta girl!

  • Jeannie Moon

    I love “competence.” A hero is nothing if he doesn’t know what the heroine needs and when she needs it. Whether it be chocolate chip cookies, a hug, or, ah…something else. We love these guys (and more than likely our own) because they know how to be “heroic.”

    • Kristan Higgins

      It’s in the small things, isn’t it, Jeannie?

  • dollfriend

    I would add being there, when you’re at your worst. That has made us closer.

    • Kristan Higgins

      So true!

  • LisaVH

    The hero can make or break a story for me. If I don’t feel that he is worthy of the energy given by the heroine (or the other way around) then the story just doesn’t work. The writing could be amazing, the world inviting – but if I don’t like the hero it is not gonna work.

    • Kristan Higgins

      I completely agree!

  • Alison Blatman

    i enjoy Kristan’s books and her wittiness on facebook!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Alison!

  • Stephanie Wilson

    When I read through “falling for a hero” it made me think of all the qualities my husband has that match your reasons. I’m a lucky girl.

    • Kristan Higgins

      So romantic!

      • Stephanie Wilson

        I know! 26 years and counting we are still together.

  • Bridget Hastings-Taylor

    Love the post and love Kristan’s books.

  • Anne

    Thank you for your great checklist. As someone who has her own real life hero also, I can appreciate that list. Thanks for joining RARM this year and yes, I am currently reading “Waiting on You”. Another great book that I am desperately trying to read slower!!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Anne! And don’t worry…the next Blue Heron book comes out in September (30th). : )

  • Callie Cuddy

    I agree with the hero qualities and it was great to hear about your journey as a writer.

  • Bekki Holzkamm

    Love Kristan Higgins! Her books are funny and heartwarming and realistic, which I love. Plus, she seems like a lot of fun in real life. Her Facebook posts always make me smile. Thanks for brightening my day!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Aw! So glad to hear it, Bekki! Thank you!

  • Jessica Laas

    What a great way to start Read A Romance Month by reading Kristan Higgins. He books are awesome.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • Diana

    my fav writer!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Diana! Thank you so much!

  • Mary Dieterich

    Most of the time, it doesn’t really matter what the hero looks like, as long as he’s a good guy inside.

  • TrishJ

    I love Kristan’s books. I also follow her on FB. She is outrageously funny! Which shows up in her books as well. I love the list. Being appreciated for who we are is so much more important that how we look!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Trish!

  • Stephanie Stevens Chalbeck

    All of your books are a favorite of mine. I especially enjoy the humor you add to the “romance” story.

  • Monica

    Love Kristan Higgins!! Thanks for sharing more about yourself!!

  • Laura Van Guilder

    I hope your foot heals quickly!
    I’m glad you were able to go to the RITA conference. You & Jill Shalvis are so silly together.
    Great Blog.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, I’m on the mend! And RWA was such a great experience, as always.

  • suepeace

    LOL, I remember your post about that swim, Kristan!!! I almost peed myself laughing!!! Love your books!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thank you so much!

  • Leslie Shultz

    Love your books can’t wait for the next one.

  • Bonnie Franks

    Your list is great, love your sense of humor!

  • Nanee Mcgee

    Great interview …yeh have a firefighter husband is always great …lol great interview

  • Michelle Heath

    I love Kristan Higgins!! What a great way to start off Read-A-Romance Month!!

    I can’t wait to read the next book in the Blue Heron series! I love Jack already, just from the previous books <3

    • Michelle Heath

      Also… sorry about all the exclamation… got too excited hehe

    • I was so happy Kristan agreed to launch the month. I can’t wait for the next book either! xo

  • Linda Henderson

    I always enjoy her books . I like humor and romance together, I think you need them together.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Linda!

  • Jessica Laas

    You’re welcome. Swimming off the Great Barrier Reef took courage and you share that courage with the characters in your books. I really like that.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I was thinking about the hero in the book I’m currently reading. All of the attributes Kristan has listed certainly describe him. And I’m most definitely a little bit in love with him!

  • Cynthia Moore

    I started reading romance novels because of you, what a great prize to offer!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thank you, Cynthia! That means so much.

  • pamela paterakis

    So happy to be part of this month. Honestly though every month is read a romance for me. Kristan you rock!

  • Lynne Oberdieck Ernst

    Not sure how I missed your books but so happy that Lorelei convinced me to read. You are now on my must read list.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thank you, Lynne!

    • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

      🙂 <3

      • Kristan Higgins

        Lorelei! Thank you!

        • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

          Can’t have my friends miss out on the good stuff! 🙂

  • Cathy P

    I really enjoyed reading Kristan’s post and love her books.

  • kimberlyindy

    Love your books and I love your list of what it takes to be hero, I have those on my list as I am still looking for my real life hero.

  • Karin Anderson

    I love Laura Moore’s Silver Creek Ranch series, too.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Isn’t it great? I always feel like I’ve been on vacation after reading one of her books.

  • Kim

    Gone With the Wind is about the only example of a movie being just as good as the book.

  • Andrea Maples

    I love your list! My husband has so many of those characteristics and kindness is #1.

  • Michelle Harlan

    I enjoyed your post & love your list of hero attributes. When it comes to the question of repairing trust, that’s a tricky one. Some aren’t able to. I consider myself among the lucky ones. Our marriage was tested, and with help we were able to overcome everything & recently celebrated our 15th anniversary. It’s funny, your list matched a lot of the things we focused on in counseling.

    • Kristan Higgins

      That’s great, Michelle. Good for you!

  • Dear Kristan, great! Your words are so inspired that I have taken the liberty of translating them in italian, for all your italian readers that cannot read in english. You can found it here: http://letturedimari.blogspot.it/2014/08/kristan-higgins-e-poi-arriva-un-eroe.html. I hope that it’s a good work and that you’ll appreciate it! 😉

    • Kristan Higgins

      Now that’s dedication! Thank you!

  • Meghan Chieppa

    Love the list! I totally agree!

  • M Kuxhaus

    I just finished The Perfect Match. I enjoyed it very much! I thought it was book 1, but now I’m going back to read The Best Man. I have all three Blue Heron books on my Kindle, so I’m not entering to win; I just wanted to say hi!

    • Kristan Higgins

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the books!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I love reading Kristan’s books, so it was no surprise to read about her favorite traits. Of course they are mine too, but that’s besides the point.

  • I love Kristan’s books and purchased them on the day they come out.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks so much!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I already have the books, so will not enter to win! I agree with the qualities you look for in a man. Of course, some of those qualities waiver a little over time!

  • Sonali Dev

    Oh Kristan, you know how much I love you, but the fact that you would try to kill yourself just so a hot brawny Australian might rescue you? Oh sigh, such a woman after my own heart!
    So true about the heroes. Handsome is as handsome does, my mum always said. And of course she was right.

    • Kristan Higgins

      No comment… 🙂

  • Great qualities, indeed. Out-of-bed honesty, in particular, seems to be lacking in romance heroes these days. I’m a heroine-centric romance reader, but this list definitely hits the spot.

    Also, that water adventure? I’m sure you did not orchestrate that misfortune to get Mr. McIrish and Mr. Brawny Australian to rescue you, right? Right?

    • Kristan Higgins

      I know, right? I was so unglamorous, I probably resembled a tuna being hauled out of the water. Also, the puking and stuff…so no, I didn’t orchestrate it. If I had, I would’ve looked much cooler.

  • Stephanie M.

    You had me at kindness. All the other qualities are high on the list as well. I love my husband’s long eye lashes and wish he would let me put mascara on them. Your article was a great way to start RARM! 🙂

  • Martha B

    Like others, I concur with your list. For me, I’d add one more. A spiritual person who shares my Christian faith. This is priceless.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Very important for some folks, Martha.

  • Elizabeth Gray

    Great interview. Have some new books to add to the tbb list. Gone With the Wind is one of my favorite books.

  • Marcy Shuler

    Wow, when you start off RARM with Kristan (one of my very favorite people) doesn’t that make it tough on the other authors? 😉

    • Kristan Higgins

      Bobbi’s got SUCH a great line-up all month long. I doubt very much it’ll be tough for anyone. But thank you!

  • Marcia Boswell-Carney

    Wonderful, wonderful, books.

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    Kristan, you just listed the qualities I love best in a hero, no wonder I have such a hard time choosing a favorite of your books! Looks are great too, but character and personality win over, IMO.
    Even though the Twilight series triggered my love for reading romance, discovering your books and interacting with you has been a total amazing experience. You’ve enhanced my life, making it a happier one. Thank you for that! ♥ Xoxo Smiles!

    • Kristan Higgins

      My buddy! Thanks, hon!

      • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

        Your bff and biggest fan forever, missy! 😉

  • Tonda Galloway Hargett

    I adore you, Kristan! You make me laugh every day. I hope you’re healing well!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thank you so much, Tonda! xox

  • Gina Burgos

    Love the list! Interesting 🙂

  • Kristan, I love your list of a hero’s qualities! I couldn’t agree more! And I gave a big whoop-whoop when I saw which book changed your life–Gone With the Wind was mine, too!

  • Sharon Forbes

    I love romances! So glad this is read a romance month! I loved your article about heroes Kristen Higgins! I would love to win some romance novels!

  • Sue Gilot

    Thank you Kristan as always for sharing your wit and wisdom with the rest of us! You truly did describe not just a hero but the man that we women should all have in our lives. I’m still waiting for my McIrish!

  • Julie

    thank you, you have incredible talent and I love your books.

  • Brenda E

    Love it that McIrish’s kitten rescue story made you start naming your children! I’d also say, that along with that honesty, my favorite hero would make his gal feel safe – in every way possible. Humor definitely goes a long way with me as well.

    • Kristan Higgins

      So true about the safe feeling, Brenda.

  • Glenda

    I have to agree that it doesn’t matter how hot a hero is physically, it’s his personality that makes me love him!

  • Izzie B

    Dear Kristan, please write more, faster!!! Thank you for what you do!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    Great post, thanks for kicking off RARM with a bang!!

    • Kristan Higgins

      You bet!

  • Sheila Melo

    Thanks for taking the time to write this! It is very interesting to get your perspective.

  • Sandy Xiong

    I have not read Gone With the Wind yet but it seems to be one of the many great books that all authors and romance fans have read. I seem to be missing out badly for not reading that and the Princess Bride yet

    • Kristan Higgins

      Give them a try. GWTW isn’t really a romance, but it says so much about being loved for who you really are. It’s an amazing book.

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Kudos on your adventure in the Great Barrier Reef! I’m not a big fan of water for all of the reasons you listed but being saved by a brawny Australian just might make it worthwhile 🙂 Great post and I’m a big fan of your books! So glad you are here to kick off the first day of RARM.

    • Kristan Higgins

      The brawny Aussie was indeed helpful. I loved how nonchalant they were. McIrish, however, was scared out of his MIND! He said he pictured calling the kids to tell them he lost me and got all teary eyed. My honey! My hero!

  • Kortney

    Love your books!! They always feel realistic and the characters could be me or even a friend if mine!

  • Dawn

    Great post! Loved your listing of qualities (beyond the eyelashes). Totally agree about the intimacy of laughter and the importance of a sense of humor. Life’s too serious to not laugh. Love your sense of humor about your Great Barrier Reef experience–good for you for going for it despite your fears, and glad you came back OK.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Dawn!

  • Pamby50

    I agree with your list that not always is it the looks that makes the hero. I happen to know I married my hero.

  • Mj

    I am a huge romance book fan, the fact it is now a month is even better. The only downside is that sometimes I am overwhelmed with all the authors that are out there.

    • One book at a time, MJ. xo

      • Mj

        I’m trying, I really am. Just wish there was a way to add some more hours into the day 😉

    • Kristan Higgins

      Such a nice problem to have, isn’t it? We’re all in the same boat.

  • Joan Varner

    Kindness, Honesty/trust and a sense of humor are some of my favorite qualities in my book boyfriends. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if they are described as having a great body, too.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Exactly. 😉

  • Teresa Renee Wray

    Hair color and eyes… Possibly a scar, not too awful are things I love with heroes. Like a faded one!

  • Mama Smith

    Love your books. This is a great way to start off the month!

    • :o) I thought so and was so happy Kristan was willing. xo

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Mama Smith!

  • Amanda Vincent

    Love the list!

  • Carrie

    The traits listed describe my hubby 🙂 I started reading romances back in high school and credit them with helping me to know what I want out of a relationship.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Isn’t that the truth? I got a letter from a young woman who said, in essence, romance novels taught her what she deserved, and what love should be.

  • Emmel

    So agree with your list. AAMOF, my darling husband is cooking dinner, which allows me the time to read this blog post and write this note…..

  • Quinn Fforde

    I completely agree with this list, and it describes my husband perfectly. Lucky me!

  • donnas

    Great post. It really can be the little things that matter not so much the eye color.

  • Michele H.

    Perfect list! Knowing who the hero is at his core is more important in reading a good book than what he looks like.

    • Kristan Higgins

      So true, Michele.

  • Kylan Alexander

    I have read every one of Kristan’s books. I found her by chance I was looking through the very slim selection at my military px and saw “The Next Best Thing” and got it. Honestly, I was looking for a distraction while my husband took the 4 boys camping and I was alone for 36 hours for the first time in years. I loved it. I love her writing style and humor! I told my reader friends to read her too. I have all her books one and think of Millie every time I think about running. 🙂

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thank you so much, Kylan! Four boys…wow! God bless!

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    Kristan is right regarding her comments about heroes. They are among the many things I have been teaching my daughter as she searches for her special someone.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Good job, Mom!

  • rebecca moe

    Book 14–can’t wait! Great post, Kristan!
    My husband had awesome eyelashes too (so not fair) but it was how great he was with his baby niece that got me on our first date. 🙂

    • Kristan Higgins

      Aw! I know…a man who loves babies or kids…le sigh!

  • Anna

    So excited for your next book, Kristan!! And I totally agree about kindness for heroes.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Anna!

  • Cyndee Martin

    Kristan, Thank you for starting off RARM! Love following you on facebook!
    Then your books… WOW they are wonderful reads!

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Cyndee!

  • vickied

    interesting insight – sometimes for me what make a book sometimes kills it for others – which I know makes no sense. sometimes I use bits and pieces to put together the characters in my mind in others it seems to make no sense that they are not the way I want to picture them

    • Kristan Higgins

      You sound like a writer. : )

      • vickied

        lots of stories no skill to bring them to life

  • Brittany Hill

    I honestly like a romance novel when the character is different from the normal characters. For example Robyn Carr’s book a summer in sonoma had Cassie’s hero a biker that loved his food. But everything thing about his warm heart and kindness made me happy and delighted that I just couldn’t stop from reading the book a second time in that day.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Love me that Robyn Carr!

  • Mary McCoy

    Love and agree wth your list, so glad you were rescued by not just one but two heroes at the Reef!

  • Ellen

    Everyday heroes are the best. Looking forward to your next book, and I’m loving the heroes in your Blue Heron series.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks Ellen!

  • Texas Book Lover

    Great post! I completely agree! It takes a combination of qualities to make a great hero!

  • Meredith Richardson

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I would love to swim off the Great Barrier Reef, I bet it was gorgeous.

    • Kristan Higgins

      It was truly magical, Meredith. Except for the almost drowning part. : )

  • Becky in Georgia

    Awesome list of characteristics in a hero!

  • Rosemarie N.

    Coming from divorce parents , my list for finding someone was a little tough. I found someone very opposite from my dad. Plus the past exboyfriends left a very bad taste in my mouth. So I got very lucky with my husband. So I make sure I tell him thank you for coming into my life at the right time. Making me believe there are still good men out there 🙂

    • Kristan Higgins

      Lovely!

  • PEGGY ALLEN

    Wow, such an interesting post. Loved to read about the details. So true. Loved your book cover also.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Thanks, Peggy!

  • Thanks for the post. I think a great personality for a fictional hero is essential. I can imagine him to look like any delicious way I chose, but it is hard to give him personality characteristics that he doesn’t seem to demonstrate. I also like a good sense of humor or a witty tongue. Nothing like a good banter.

  • Jennifer Nicholson Agolino

    I think honesty is very important in a relationship. I love your FB man wars with Jill Shalvis.

  • LSUReader

    I love Kristan’s books–especially the characters, counting the animal ones! Thanks for the fun post.

    • Kristan Higgins

      The animal characters are always so great to write. Thanks, LSUReader!

  • Ann Mettert

    I love your books. 🙂

  • Fingers and toes crossed

  • Amy-Steve Cook

    Love Kristan!

  • victoria schultz

    Loved the interview can’t wait to read her books! Its always fun finding out about new authors well new for me! 🙂

  • AmyR

    Great post. I discovered the author Jill Shalvis because of man wars on Facebook with Kristan Higgins.

  • Erin F

    Love Kristan’s books 😉 thanks for sharing!

  • Kim Giardina

    Totally enjoy your books & love this post…spot on!

  • Peni Anne

    I have had the pleasure of reading several of your stories. It is always so good to hear more about you and other authors I admire. After reading so much, it feels like hearing about an old friend. There is a unique connection there. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Ruth

    I love your list of characteristics of your heroes. I especially like Kindness. It is sometimes rare to find that quality in a lot of the heroes in romance novels today.

    • Kristan Higgins

      I couldn’t fall for someone who wasn’t kind. That’s really the #1 quality, isn’t it?

  • Kristen Kocher

    Love your list, Kristan! 🙂

  • Rita Wray

    Great list. I love a sense of humor.

  • Terri C

    My hero is my firefighter/soldier husband. It can be a drag sometimes, though, when they are busy saving everyone but you.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Married to a firefighter, too, Terri. I hear ya!

  • Gretchen

    Mmm probably the only thing better than being called “Love” in an Australian accent would be being called “Love” in a Scottish accent!

  • Yaritza Santana

    That is a very scary experience at the Great Barrier Reef. I would love to be rescued by a hottie especially with an accent.

  • Judy Goodnight

    Gotta love a guy who’s got those heroic qualities!