And Then a Hero Comes Along
Hello, 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:
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.
Bio: 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.