September 04, 2012

Leading Men

Mona Hodgson

No, this isn't a blog about how to train men. Sorry.

In novels, a hero is the central male character in a fictional tale. A leading man with admirable qualities. Although the hero’s positive traits may not be obvious in the introduction, he possesses characteristics that typically will serve him and the heroine (since I write love stories). That’s not to say those strengths won’t come into play as weaknesses or obstacles at some point in the plot.

Think about your favorite story heroes from the books and movies you love? Who comes to mind? What would you list as the leading man’s admirable characteristics?

I asked the fans of my Mona Hodgson Author Page on Facebook to list three traits every hero should possess. I grouped similar responses, choosing one common term. Then I had some fun considering the key traits of the heroes that populate my Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek novels.

I’ve listed the fifteen desirable traits for leading men, starting with the most mentions at the top then descending to the least popular ones:

Love of God
God First, Family Second
Willingness to grow with heroine

Here are five characteristics you’ll find in my story heroes, along with his particular flaw or flaws:

1. A Deepening Faith in God (may start out as a seeker, but he moves forward on the continuum in his spiritual journey) as he grows in God’s Grace

2. Integrity

3. Conviction

4. Humor

5. Resourcefulness

 Twice a Bride
the fourth and final story in  
The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series 
releases October 2nd

What traits do you count most important in a story hero?

 MONA HODGSON is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue (May 2012), and Twice a Bride (October 2012), all four books in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series (WaterBrook Multnomah). You can learn more about Mona and her books at and connect with her on Facebook at!/Author.Mona.

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