It’s hard when you have a hero who won’t open up – like Lorraine said in her post, how is the heroine supposed figure him out when he won’t tell her anything?? I’ve saddled myself with a particularly difficult customer. My hero is a climber and they are notorious for being the strong, silent type. Not that he’s very silent, he’s just used to dealing with his difficulties on his own and he doesn’t – N. O. spells no – want to talk about the accident that killed his mother on K2 (second tallest mountain in the world). See the mountain shot to the right? Well that’s K2 and he’s going to climb it, just see if he doesn’t.
Anwyay, all this makes it extremely difficult when I have to convey this past to the heroine. Because why would he tell her? What would Luke do? He wouldn’t tell her, that’s what! So I’ve had to rely on a third party. I have seen this method used in other stories so I’m hoping it’s okay. And it’s not that someone else tells her, it’s a passing comment made by someone that sets off a whole lot of tension in the hero that the heroine picks up on, which she then confronts him about. He eventually tells her in strictly non-emotional terms just so she’ll shut up about it basically and stop asking him questions. I think it works – hope so!
But now I have come to another dilemma. How do you get a heroine who is all about safety to continue seeing a guy who is all about risk? Especially when she knows she’s falling for him and that he doesn’t want anything but an affair. Argh!!! Think the lust card might have to be played.
Apparently you can get a computer program that will just churn out M&Bs according to that well known ‘formula’. If anyone can find said program can they let me know?? I could sure use it right about now. 😉