Warning- My heroes and my heroines are bound to fuck up somewhere along the way. I like it that way. In one of my favorite TV shows, Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco plays a drug addicted nurse. She’s a great nurse with a good heart, but she lies and she cheats, all with a straight face. Somehow, the writers keep you on her side. It’s brilliant!
In my stories and novels I write characters that have failings and will need to find a way to overcome their shortcomings. It might be pride, or fear, self-doubt or selfishness. No, things will not be all peachy-keen in my novels. My Doms are not infallible stallions who are beyond question. My female leads don’t always cooperate. I want my characters to be real; with inner conflicts and susceptible to mistakes. For me the resolution of the conflict is so rewarding when you have walked on the coals with the characters, hand in hand.
So this leads me to a question. Do you want your hero to be perfect? Can you still like him if he’s not? In life and in romance novels I truly feel that the power of love lays in the ability to love someone even when they falter and the ability to be their support as they get back on track. The challenge is to make the reader feel that way too.