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Thanks for joining me on this week's Romance Weekly blog hop. If I'm your first stop make sure to visit Kate Robbins to discover what type of hero she likes. Today's questions are from the amazing Kim Handysides. Thanks Kim!
And Fiona's Answers are...
1. What’s your ideal: alpha or beta and why?
My ideal is probably beta because I like to cheer for the underdog. Betas are usually the nice guy who is getting screwed over and knows it. I like to read about this type of hero because he might not have all the power in the novel but he is going to use what is available to him to save the day and get the girl in the end. This also goes for a heroine as well. She can be the girl next door but she uses what’s available to her to save the town and get the man of her dreams.
What is more important to me is how the heroine would respond to an alpha or beta hero. There are alphas who immediately come across as jerks on first meet and I can be okay with that as long as they realize the error of their ways and quickly change usually because the heroine doesn’t take any crap from him. Same if the heroine is the alpha and the hero is the beta I hope the hero doesn’t take any crap from her either.
2. Do you have a male buddy or mate you use for confirmation or inspiration when crafting your heroes?
I do run certain scenarios and dialogue passages by my hubby because he would be the first to tell me men would not act in the way I have written. The tricky part about writing a romance is wanting it to have this realistic feel but in reality there are several men who would never say or do things that are depicted in a romance novel, unless asked or threatened by their significant other.
3. What does any hero have to do to win your heart?
A hero wins my heart when he accepts the heroine for who she is and declares this to the world. It’s a little thing I know. :) Or he saves the dog or kitten or small child in danger or does the right thing when everyone and everything is pressuring him to do the opposite despite him being a rogue, a vampire, a werewolf, or subject to his boss’s wrath.
Wow! Those questions were tough for me this week. Be sure to join in next week for more insights into this author's head!
Continue on today and find out what my good friend, LaNora Mangano, has to say on this topic. Does she like alpha or beta?