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Sometimes, a Girl Just Wants Help
In the era of women’s rights and #metoo, I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to writing (and reading) romance. Not that I have anything against competent women who can do for themselves, who know their potential, and who go for what they want. In fact, I AM one of those women, trying to make a career out of writing while raising two kids, taking care of two pets, and managing a household with a husband who travels…a lot.
It means I DO a lot…from helping with homework to shuttling kids around to fixing leaky toilets and installing ceiling fans. And most of the time, when something’s gotta give, it’s me and my work. Sometimes, though, I just want another person to do the shuttling/fixing/installing for me, without me having to write a check (I’m looking at you, Mr. Electrician!).
That’s where my heroes come in…both the ones I read and the ones I write.
Without a doubt, I admire heroines that are self-sufficient, capable women. And I like it when their heroes understand, accept, and especially celebrate that. But in my mind, what better way to show your love for a lady than to do something for her? That’s what my heroes do, without stepping all over their ladies in the process.
I always think back to Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Without any prompting, Darcy arranges everything for Mr. Wickham, paying off his debts and ensuring he marries Lydia in order to restore some honor to the Bennet family. His actions were a demonstration of his love for Elizabeth. And he even tried to keep it from her! *swoon*
I hope you enjoy the heroes (and heroines) I’m crafting in my books, and that in each, you find “a dab of Darcy and a pop of passion.”
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