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Elizabeth Heiter | Creating a Swoon-Worthy Hero

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Recently, Harlequin created a calendar for 2018 full of heroes, and one of the men featured was Kyle ďMacĒ McKenzie, a secondary character in my Profiler series. Needless to say, I was thrilled. Iíve always thought of Mac as a great hero, but it got me thinking. What makes a character a standout hero?

Mac isnít the center of the series. That honor goes to FBI profiler Evelyn Baine, who began the series as a newbie in the FBIís Behavioral Analysis Unit. Back then, she was quiet, always observing everything and everyone. She was a naturally talented profiler, but pretty lacking when it came to using those observation skills in her personal life Ė like noticing Hostage Rescue Team agent Kyle McKenzie was interested in her from day one.

When Mac is first introduced, heís full of charm, but Evelyn has a hard time taking him seriously. When he stops by the BAU office, heís always joking around and she assumes his flirting is more of the same. But on the job, heís one hundred percent serious, and Evelyn learns early on (in HUNTED, the first book in the series), that Mac will be there for her even if she doesnít ask. (In fact, heíll be there when she needs him even if she specifically tells him she doesnít want his help!)

As the series progresses, I think itís that combination of fun charm on the outside and steadfast loyalty underneath that begins to win Evelyn over. It may be whatís winning readers over, too (who nominated Mac for Harlequinís Hero of the Year contest, winning him a spot in that calendar!).

By the time of the most recent book in The Profiler series, STALKED, Evelyn and Kyleís relationship has progressed, and although I imagine there will be bumps in the road for them, I also picture their love affair as never- ending. I hope readers feel the same way!

You can learn more about The Profiler series at For a chance to win a copy of your choice of a signed book in the series, leave a comment below letting me know what you look for in a hero (or heroine)!




5 comments posted.

Re: Elizabeth Heiter | Creating a Swoon-Worthy Hero

He makes it clear he's into her, not just for a one night
fling but into her. When men take us with all ours flaws and
for the ups and down we know. In that sense the relationship
has been more realistic; for me.
(Linda Popielski 7:24pm December 19)

Charm and loyalty are wonderful, I also enjoy a hero who
has a good sense of humor, doesn't take himself too
seriously, is naturally protective, strong, and respects
the heroine.
(G. Bisbjerg 1:41pm December 20)

Honesty, humor, faithfulness and support, which I would
return wholeheartedly.
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:52pm December 22)

Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. Iíd prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you donít mind. Natually Iíll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.
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(Toni Antonio 8:20pm December 24)

I look for a guy who isn't afraid to show his feelings but when there is danger will kick a little butt, he needs a sense of humor and a good wide shoulder to lean on, but knows how to step back and watch his girl do what she has to do.
(Annetta Sweetko 9:39pm December 29)

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