As you all know I'm finishing up book two Corpse in the Crystal Ball, and book one, Tempest in the Tea Leaves comes out in less than two months, by the way...squee!!!
So, anyway, I've been thinking about "story" a lot. By now I've really gotten to know my characters well. I am having so much fun with them, and that got me thinking about what kind of characters I have. Then I looked at all my books and realized I tend to gravitate toward the same "type" of characters. Even when I read, I tend to buy books that have the same type of characters that mine do.
For my heroine, I love a strong, independent woman. She's a woman who is flawed for sure, but isn't afraid to let her shortcomings stop her. She's searching to find her way and will go after it when she finds it. She's a romantic and a dreamer and downright funny, yet stubborn. I love funny, sassy, quirky heroines! She's cute as can be, and fun, and lighthearted, and doesn't take life too seriously. She's kind, caring and compassionate and can't help fighting for the underdog.
For my hero, I love love love an alpha male! Tall dark and brooding. He's the silent, cynical, untrusting man who keeps himself at a distance. Yet he's loyal as hell and will fight to the death to protect you. He's good at what he does and a perfectionist. He's tough yet vulnerable, though he'd never admit it. He's wounded by something, and you just can't help wanting to comfort him. Most of all he's sexy without even trying to be.
I also tend to go for older heroines and heroes. People in their twenties are still making mistakes and stupid choices. People in their thirties are finally figuring out who they are and achieving some goals. People in their forties know who they are, are comfortable in their own skin, and have stopped caring about what other people think. It is what it is, etc. I really tend to like the thirties and forties so much better than the twenties. I find I can have a lot more fun with characters of that age.
How about all of you? What "types" of characters do you like best? What age groups do you prefer? Inquiring minds want to know :-)