by Trish Milburn
Early on when I started writing romance and learning about the romance publishing field, one of the "rules" I often heard was that heroes couldn't be in fields like sports, acting or music. I didn't understand why. After all, I'd had crushes on guys in all those fields and more that don't regularly show up in romance novels.
Now I know the publishing companies have done studies and say that certain heroes sell more books, but like settings for historicals, I still think there's room for other types of heroes. Don't get me wrong -- I'm all for sexy cowboys, cops and carpenters. I've read lots of romance novels with those types of heroes that were fabulous.
But why can't our heroines fall for the lead singer in a rock band? Oh, say, one who looked like Ville Valo in HIM. :)
What about an actor who would fall for the normal gal instead of the Hollywood beauties? I know there's at least one other Bandita whose heart goes thumpety-thump at the mere mention of Eric Bana. No one can see the following scene in Troy without falling in lust. After all, love usually starts with a physical attraction.
Then there's the athlete hero who can devote himself to a woman like he does his sport. Perhaps he even looks a bit like tennis star Rafael Nadal. Hey, I doubt many women would kick him out of bed for eating crackers.
What types of heroes do you not see in romance novels but wish you did?