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What Makes A Good Hero/Heroine?

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When I was young two of my favourite female characters were Jo March in Little Women and George (Georgina) in the Famous Five. Both of them were strong–willed, feisty and  tomboyish. My favourite male character without a doubt was William from the Just William books. A bit of a rogue who made me laugh.

Little Women                     five-on-a-treasure-island                         Just William

As I grew older my favourite female character was Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and my favourite male character was Simon Templar in the Saint books.


Gone with the wind          The Saint

I guess my tastes haven’t changed much. I still like to read about feisty heroines who’ll kick-ass if they have to and loveable rogues who make me laugh. Mr Darcy does nothing for me!

The heroines and heroes in my own books are pretty much like this too. Amy Carter in my Amy Carter Mysteries isn’t scared to take a risk when she’s trying to solve a crime, even tackling a bunch of smugglers. Morgan, the heroine of Perfect Summer, is a brave, feisty heroine who will do anything to save her brother and the hero, Jamie, is brave, resourceful and a bit of a rogue.

dognapped               perfectsummer_500x750

I’m now writing another YA book and guess what the hero and heroine are like? So that made me think. What sort of characters do you like to read about? What do you think makes a good heroine or hero?




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  1. Valerie

    I loved Meg from A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid. I'm an adult now but I still relate to Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series).

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  2. Karen

    Definitely a sense of humour, Ann. And good choices, Shea. :)

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  3. Shea McIntosh Ford

    I loved Jo March! But my favorites from childhood would have to be Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden and Lucy Pevensie from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Both stood their ground for what was right even if it wasn't popular. :)

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  4. Ann Evans

    I'm with you on the Simon Templar character, Karen. As for a hero, one with a sense of humour definitely!

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