I am told that I write great heroes. From Merrick and Kent in my pirate series, to Admiral Randal in Falcon, to Dajon Waite in The Red Siren, the leading men in my stories seem to settle well in the hearts of my readers, (and perhaps even cause a flutter or two)
But that got me to thinking about the types of men we consider heroes in this day and age. Here's a list of qualities I came up with, most of which I try and incorporate into my heroes
Strong (physical and emotional)
Protective (ready to protect their lady no matter the cost)
Successful (good at what they do)
Passionate (believe strongly in something important)
Driven (They have goals they must achieve)
Good hearts (Whether or not they are Christians, they have a moral sense of right and wrong)
Integrity and a sense of Honor
Chivalrous (they know how to treat a lady)
If you take a look at any of the heroes women swoon over today in books or movies, or public figures, I believe you'll find they posess most of these qualities.
My next question may take you by surprise: Why do we not see men like this today? Truthfully, I look around and see very few. Maybe it's because I live in the big city or maybe it's because I live in California, but many of the men I see have become soft, passive and weak. Metro-sexual seems to be the term used today. They have no drive, no passion, no chivalry, no goals and don't ask them to protect a lady. Most won't even open a door for one.
So, where have all the heroes gone? Can you help me out with this research question? I have my own opinion, but I'd like to know yours. I'll gather up all our ideas and post them next week.