A few weeks ago I asked for some help on Facebook to help me build the playlist for my upcoming Council Courtship. I got a lot of great suggestions and built a playlist that I really love. But, later remembered a song that I thought fit my heroine to a T, "I Need a Hero."
Those of you who are familiar with my work, are probably confused by that. I don't write heroines who are dependent on the men around them. They don't sit around waiting for the white knight. But, Council Courtship, a sequel to Fairyproof, takes place on the fairy world -- a patriarchal society where women don't have the same voice we are used to having in this world, in this day and age.
But, the more I listened to this updated version of the song I found, the more I started think about what my heroes are like.
Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need
Whether I'm writing a hero that is more alpha or less so, I think it's important that they have a set of standards. My heroes are fair and just. They have a code they live by and they are compassionate. I don't write white knights or Hercules, but I do write about men who will stand up for someone who is being wronged.
What are your favorite characteristics in a hero?
Here is the playlist for Council Courtship.
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her family which includes four canine kids. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their business. Her urban fantasy, Fairyproof, and paranormal romance, Resurrecting Harry are now available through Crescent Moon Press. She blogs regularly at her website. You can follow her on Twitter and friend her on Facebook.