Of all the questions I'm asked, one of the easiest to answer is "How do you come
up with your rugged heroes?"
First let me say that I LOVE writing about macho men and the women who love
them. Ben Slocum, the hero in AGAINST THE EDGE, is an
ex-Navy SEAL turned private investigator. They don't get any tougher than Ben.
Which is good, because in order to find the missing son he didn't know he had,
Ben is going to need all the strength and courage he has to keep himself, his
son, and Claire Chastain, the social worker who comes to Ben for help, alive.
So where do I find a hero like Ben? Living as I do in rural Montana, rugged men
still live there in abundance. The guys cut firewood for their only source of
heat, a wood-burning stove. They work outside in subzero weather, hunt game for
food, and break a hole in a frozen lake to fish.
A number of them are cowboys. They aren't afraid of hard work and they have
great moral values.
Since there are few females in the Martin family and my husband has three grown
sons, I'm around guys like these every day. And of course, I'm married to one.
He's retired now and spends most of his time writing, but even today, he
wouldn't back away from a fight as long as he believed he was in the right.
Two of my stepsons are outdoorsmen and love every minute of the rugged lives
they live. The other is a former Marine.
It's handy to know the kind of tough men I write about, but if you happen to
live in a city, or just aren't around guys like that, try watching the military
channel, or reading books written by former special operations soldiers.
Romance novels with tough, action heroes are great inspiration and tons of fun
Traveling helps. Small-town America is full of guys who still believe that
right is right, men are men, and women are worth protecting.
Currently, I'm finishing AGAINST THE MARK, a book
about a Texas country boy who works in the city. He brings all his toughness
and the good values he's learned in Texas to L.A.
In the meantime, I hope you'll watch for Ben Slocum and Claire Chastain in AGAINST THE EDGE. And at
the end of August, look for Ty Brodie in AGAINST THE MARK.
Love to know some of your favorite rugged heroes.
Till next time, all best wishes and happy reading. Kat
1 comment posted.
My husband was a fine rugged hero when we met, not that his job showed it...he works with computers, but he had been parachuting, bungee jumping, horse riding, karate fighting and many more. Once I got to know him it became clear we had a lot in common! Yes, we both loved horses!
(Clare O'Beara 6:07pm May 8, 2013)