by Constance Gillam
As a reader, I remember the plots of many books, but only a handful of main male characters stick in my mind.
What makes a memorable hero? Is it his physical attributes? His height, coloring, or his…ah, shoe size? Is he alpha, beta or metro? For the writer, where does the inspiration for this character come from? Television, movies, books, or someone from your past?
How do you create a universal character who will appeal to a majority of readers? How do you, the writer, keep that reader thinking about that character long after the book is finished?
As a writer I like to start by picking a strong and or unusual name. As writers/readers in the 21st century, we look for a man we can admire, one who will be as strong as we are, or stronger.
Karen Marie Moning’s main male character in the Fever series is Jericho Z. Barrons- (alluding to the wall of Jericho). In Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, she chose James (Jamie) Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser (a steadfast, noble Scot’s name-a warrior).
Once I choose a name, I add the attributes, height, coloring, and a psychological profile. Now this is where things vary. Some readers like their males to have a sense of humor (Billy Crystal) or be brooding (Mr. Darcy, Heathcliff or James Dean), cocky (Rhett Butler) or stoic (Mr. Spock).
What male character do you still think about and why?
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