How Does a Character in a Story Break Hearts?
This topic made me think more about how I write heroes and what makes readers relate to them and care for them. Our heroes come in a lot of different types and flavors, but I’ve had a few ideas about what makes readers connect with them.
Warning: disconnected thoughts ahead.
Heroes have to be strong, confident, smart, but they also have to have a vulnerability, something or someone they care about so passionately that they’ll take risks and make sacrifices to keep them safe and happy.
The heroes that break my heart have had to overcome adversity already to get where they are. They’ve been tested, sometimes they’ve failed, but they’ve learned from it.
They don’t give love or trust easily, but when they do, it’s all in. They take betrayal hard, but will give everything they’ve got–and even more–for the people they do care about.
They’re strong, even ruthless at times, but can be gentle when needed.
I’m sure there’s more… What do you think makes a character a heartbreaker?
Blurb: When Maggie gets a note from a very unofficial Secret Santa during the office’s holiday gift exchange, she’s surprised to be tempted by it. This Secret Santa offers to help fulfill her wilder sexual fantasies, those fantasies she’s never admitted to anyone else. Normally the very professional, uptight Maggie wouldn’t consider doing anything so risky. She wants a husband and family, but she also has kinky sexual fantasies and no man has ever moved her.
Maggie agrees to Santa’s proposal, and her first few anonymous encounters with him are a revelation, showing her levels of sensuality she’s never experienced before. But when she meets the man behind the gifts and the glorious kisses, her life gets seriously complicated.
As Maggie begins to fall in love with him, she faces two choices—longing for husband and family, and continuing a relationship that fulfills her in ways she never believed possible.
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