By Jennifer Lyon
I have a segment on my blog (www.jenniferlyonbooks.com) called Wing Slayer Worthy. Once a week, I try to put up a picture of a man and ask the readers if he’s Wing Slayer Worthy. That refers to my Wing Slayer Hunters Series. It’s a fun segment!
But when I’m writing my books, I always ask myself, is the hero Witch Worthy? This comes from when I was little and cut my teeth watching the TV show BEWITCHED. I loved that show and developed a love witches from it! But I could never figure out what Samantha saw in Darrin. The guy was a wimp and afraid of his mother. And he hated/feared Samantha’s witchcraft, the very thing that made her so special. He went so far as to “forbid” her to use it, (yeah, you’re going to forbid a witch who can turn you into a toad!). So not hero material in my book! I never thought he was a Witch Worthy hero.
It’s amazing how something like a simple TV show stays in your mind. I always wanted to change the dynamics of Samantha and Darrin. Before I published in mystery, I wrote a couple witch projects that never sold. The projects just weren’t right. Then years later, I was sitting at my computer and e-mailing a friend when man walked into my head. It’s the only time I’ve ever had this happen where the character just showed up. I knew nothing him except that he was Axel Locke, a seriously tormented alpha hero. I didn’t know what to do with him, he was too much for any heroine I could think of, until it popped into my head; a witch could handle him! I finally had a Witch Worthy hero!
I was in love in an instant. I knew it was something I had to write. I had contracted projects that I worked on, while stealing time to work on Axel and his witch. It quickly grew into a massive project, with a tremendous amount of world-building. I wrote, rewrote and revised again.
But there’s something I never forgot each time I sat down with these characters—these men had to be worthy of the very special witches that would become their heroines. No matter what I threw at the men—demonic curses, soul destroying cravings or gut wrenching betrayals—they had to remain strong and just. And unlike Darrin in the old TV show, these men not only love and respect their witch’s magic, but they become an intricate part of it.
That’s a real Witch Worthy Hero to me! What about you? What makes a hero worthy to you? Leave a comment and I’ll draw a random name to win an autographed copy of BLOOD MAGIC!
Jennifer Lyon always wanted to be a witch. When her witch-powers didn't materialize, she turned to creating magic in her books. BLOOD MAGIC is the first book in an enchanting, passionate and supernatural series. The second book, SOUL MAGIC, will be out September 30, 2009. Visit Jennifer Lyon at www.jenniferlyonbooks.com