Together, we’re giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card–just think how many books about grown-ass men you can read if you win that!
So here’s what I love about a grown-ass man:
He has a career, passions, a purpose, and responsibilities. He’s lived, he’s lost, he’s loved. His character is rich, complex, and not without flaws. He may simply be an ordinary guy, but he knows himself and he knows what he wants, and that’s enough to make him a hero.
When he meets a woman who makes it through his defenses, we know this connection is not impulsive or adolescent. We delight in the love interest who can bring a grown man to his knees, and adore her when she shows him love instead.
Of course every grown-ass hero has his inner obstacle, which he must overcome to be with his heroine (or his other hero), but he probably knows what it is. The decision to change after years, decades, (or in the case of my vampires) centuries of living a certain way–I find that choice poignant and profoundly romantic.
When I think about my favorite grown-ass male characters, I think about Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain in Loretta Chase’s beloved Lord of Scoundrels, or J.R. Ward’s Vishous, who I happen to love. It’s funny to me that both of those characters were abused by their fathers, and their internal conflicts revolve around those past traumas. I think I may have a real soft spot for that issue. A grown-ass man might have a dark past, which makes his survival and successes all the more heroic.
Andre Maras, the patriarch of my Blood Vine series, is a grown-ass vampire, and one of the things I enjoyed most about his character was the many ways he expressed his fatherly care for those in his household–it’s a wide range of dad-like behaviors, from shit talk to grave sacrifice. Perhaps that’s no coincidence, since I began writing the series shortly after my kids were born, and was falling even more deeply in love with my husband as I watched him become a father.
The grown-ass man has a sense of duty. He may be gruff, he may even be a bad-boy, he may pretend to be a loner, but deep down, he takes his responsibilities to others seriously and I love that!
If you want to read about Andre and the other grown-ass vampires of the series, leave me a comment on this post. I’ll give away the first book in the series, Blood Vine to one commenter.
What I really want to know is, who is your favorite grown-ass hero? Is there one guy that stands out as the most wise, self-aware, mature, or fatherly? If you have one, tell us his flaw too. And if you’re a writer, I’d love to hear what you find challenging about writing a grown-ass man?
The grand-prize giveaway is hosted on the Omnific Publishing blog and these are the other participating authors:
Autumn Markus, author of The Art of Appreciation
Feather Stone, author of The Guardian’s Wildchild
Jennifer Lane, author of the CONduct Series
Julianna Keyes, author of Just Once
Nicki Elson, author of Divine Temptation
Rachel Brimble, author of 16 Marsden Place