Loving the Anti-hero
We all love a good hero. He fights on the side of good. He often saves the day. He is, for lack of a better word, a go-getter, and usually someone who comes to earn the heroine’s love. Sure, that’s even the case for all of my romance books. Most readers will side with a hero because he is, well, a hero.
But sometimes, a character comes along that really surprises you. I am a writer who loves to make a villain bad enough for the reader to detest him as well. Whether the novel is a romantic suspense, urban fantasy or even a historical tale, villains always get on a hero’s last nerve. However, while writing my latest release, Upon Your Love, something unusual happened. I began to notice sides to the villain that perhaps weren’t so bad, not as I thought before. The villain essentially became an anti-hero.
Urban dictionary defines an anti-hero as follows:
“A flawed hero, and therefore, much more interesting than the more traditional heroes. They can be working on the side of good, but with a tragic flaw, or a horrible past, or for reasons that are selfish and not entirely ‘pure’. They can also be working for the side of evil, but with hidden noble intentions, or other underlying complexities. These darker heroes can be jerks, pathetic, hard, jaded, or mean. However, all anti-heroes must have enough heroic qualities, intentions, or strength (physical including attractiveness or mental) to somehow gain the sympathy of the audience. Mostly they are intriguing and therefore can be very, very SEXY, especially if you love bad boys (or girls).”
So, what went into my decision that this supposed villain was not, in fact, a true villain but instead an anti-hero?
Yeah, he’s a total baddie. No one could dispute it. But once the reader sees the deeper reasoning for his unsavory actions, he or she could easily understand his anti-hero qualities.
As with all of my other characters, I actually came to love him as a character. For readers, he becomes someone you love to hate yet also reluctantly love. It’s inevitable. And even though book three of the Heiresses in Love Series is the final one, the villain became fascinating enough to leave my mind open to using him again. Perhaps an off-shoot will occur, and next time he’ll be the reformed hero. Who knows? The muse always has a way of pulling me in odd, creative directions.
I’m not trying to give any plot elements away; I simply wish to posit that now and then, our characters often surprise us as much as they shock the reader.
And in this case? Loving the anti-hero was a pleasant yet unusual surprise.
Upon Your Love
(Heiresses in Love Series, #3)
by Marie Lavender
Published February 28th 2017 by Summer Solstice Publishing
The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…
Fara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?
Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?
Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born of a valiant captain and a fiery redhead, is untamed to her core and will bow to no man. Then Christian du Plessis enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. Discovering the man behind the polished gentleman, she is drawn to him in many ways. Holding out for love is a family tradition, but can she resist the temptation of passion?
Christian finds this young woman to be a fascinating challenge, and is torn between keeping his distance from her and succumbing to her charms. A fierce battle of wills ensues as he sees she is much more than he ever imagined.
But danger lurks, threatening to destroy everything…
Can these two strong-willed individuals unite in the cause before time runs out?
Heiresses in Love Series
About the Author:
Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 24 other books. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title - winner of the "Broken Heart" themed contest and the "I Love You" themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 25 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series. http://marielavender.com/