I am CELIA YEARY~~and I write romance stories about heroes.
Let's face it, heroes these days have a difficult time staying on their pedestals.
Some heroes seem destined to become one, but we, the public, are often to blame for awarding the title to the wrong people or those who don't really qualify.
A hero is an everyday person who can change the world for the better. It could be simple act such as helping one person out or by helping millions.
There are big heroes known for a particular event, and there are small everyday types of heroes.
I'm particularly searching for a true modern hero. We expect our politicians, leaders of any kind, military personnel, and some dissenters to be hero material. Goodness knows, we can't expect that across the board.
What makes a hero?
However, I think we overuse the term so that the word truly has little meaning.
Nelson Mandela is a true hero in every sense of the word.
But suppose I say my mother was a hero because she dutifully followed my daddy all over West and North Texas while he followed the work in the oil fields? She kept us fed, clothed, and happy. She went without a home of her own so we'd all be together for 8 years.
Even though I loved and appreciated my mother, truthfully she does not come close to being a hero in the same category as Nelson Mandela. In fact, few people are.
But to me? She was a heroine, and my daddy was a hero.
Men, women, and even children are recognized all over our country
on a daily basis as being a "hero."
~*~A sick child with a positive attitude.
~*~A man who catches a baby falling from a third story window.
~*~All the firefighters who battle the mountain forest fires.
~*~The SWAT team who rescued hostages.
~*~A little girl who saves a kitten from a drain pipe.
History has given us time to ferret out true heroes of battles, wars, and liberations. Some have been proven to have clay feet after all.Perhaps labeling a person a Hero lays a burden on his/her shoulders. How can a person live up to being a hero on a daily basis?
In romance novels, the hero is the important character. The heroine has a great role, too, but it's the male hero on which we focus.
Lucky for us, we have a definite list of What Makes a Western Hero.
Courteous, respectful attitude toward women.
A loner. No close friends, no personal conversations.
Rugged face; seldom smiles
One companion, usually his horse
Hates rude people and will put them in their place
Great fighter - uses fists
Accepts all races
Traits of a typical Hemingway Hero are:
The Hemingway Hero always exhibits some form of a physical wound that serves as his tragic flaw and the weakness of his character.
Where have all the good ones gone?
Maybe I should lower my expectations of a true hero.
In fact, the heroes I create in romance novels most often are flawed. I've even created one who abused the woman a little, but I redeemed him, and made him ashamed of what he did. Not one reader ever mentioned that perhaps he was not a good hero.
I think we all know heroes are made, not born, and it's not an easy task to expect one to be 100% true to the calling of a hero.