Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kari's Kave: Bestill My Beating Heart...Oh, And How Old Are You By The Way?

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 :-)


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Bring it on, folks. What gets you going???

Anita Clenney said...

Reading your list for good characters is like reading mine, so I know I'll love your books.
For heroes, I prefer writing, and reading, more rugged, outdoorsy types. Sheriff, Special Forces,firefighters, and of course, warriors, which in modern day are the sheriffs, Special Forces, cops, and military. This may be because I don't like city settings. Small town is fine, but not big city, corporate, sophistication. Doesn't do it for me.

And I like 30's, although for the secret warrior series, I made them late 20's since it fit the story. By clan law they can't marry and start a family until after they've finished their duty, which is from 18 - 28. And I need them to be just finishing up as warriors when the story starts.

Liz Lipperman said...

Great post, Kari. I like my H/H exactly as you and Anita described, but I'll add one more "must have" for them. My girl has to be a tomboy/athletic in some way, and my guy has to have a feminine side (does the dishes once in a while, cooks.)

In my mystery series, my girl has 4 brothers and my guy has 3 sisters. It works out well.

Donna Cummings said...

Kari, it sounds like I'm going to really enjoy your characters! Great descriptions.

I tend to write heroines who are slightly neurotic, in a funny, endearing kind of way, yet determined and headstrong. And my heroes tend to be witty and humorous and indulgent. This keeps me amused while writing it and hopefully it will entertain people when they read it. :)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oooh, I LOVE your warriors, Anita! My cup of tea for sure! And yeah, cops, firefighters, sheriffs...sigh...drool! Can't wait to read the rest of your series.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hee hee, gotta love a guy who does dishes, Liz. And I love girls that are tomboys! Your series rock too.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Donna, your heroines sound like a hoot, and your heroes sound like Barbie's beta males. Just as dreamy and a whole lot of sweetness and fun.

Lindsay said...

I like my heroine in the mid to upper 20's. Strong in focus and what she wants from life. For the hero two types. First, around the same age as the heroine and also strong but knows when the heroine is right and will admit it. Around the same age and Army, maybe even Spec Ops. The second hero, very intelligent and listens unquestionable to the heroine. Within reason, of course. Usually these heros are between 9-12 months old but can be older, furry, only barks when necessary, and totally loyal to the heroine but not necessarily to the hero.

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Well, while I love to read the alpha male - I still have a soft spot for the relaxed, sexy beta. My heroines are definitely spunky and have some sass.

There's a fine line, though. I've read books where I immediately love the hero but the heroine has to grow on me. In the end I do love them together. But there have been times where the hero is waaaay too strong that the heroine comes off as almost ditzy and that makes me crazy. Those are the books I usually don't finish.

Funny always works for me. I like humor in books. Especially when you're reading along, the plot is moving, you're in the moment and suddenly you find yourself smiling! That's the best.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hee hee, that's why we make such great CP's Barbie Jo :-)

And Lindsay, your heroes sound fascinating! Thanks for sharing.