Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are bald, have long hair, tattoos, piercings. Some drive trucks, ride motorcycles, or fly. They are tall, not so tall, and come in all shades of color. They have fangs, claws, scars, and most of them all have one thing in common. They are sexy to the heroine in some way.
But what’s to say heroines can’t be the same way? Back when I began reading in my teens (a long time ago) it seemed heroines came from the same mold. They were flawless, beautiful little creatures with perfect bodies. The kind of woman the hero felt compelled to protect because she was made to appear weak and dainty. If you’ve read any of Barbara Cartland’s books then you know what I’m talking about. And I loved her books! But that was then and this is now.
Today our heroines are tough, sassy, can take care of themselves, and are comfortable in their own skin. They’re not perfect. Who is? What woman doesn’t place herself in the heroine’s position when she’s reading a steamy novel? When she’s perfect, that’s hard to do. Not so much these days because the writer has realized readers want to read about real heroines.
As a woman with curves, I wrote A Perfect Fit deciding my heroine would be a plus-sized model. But what is plus-sized? I had one reader complain about the book cover because she said the heroine was definitely not plus-sized. Well, I did my research and found that the modeling industry perceives a woman the size of twelve and over as plus-sized. My heroine is a size sixteen. So I guess it all depends on what you consider plus-sized.
Also, people carry their weight differently. Duh! I used to carry my extra pounds really good, I actually had a figure. But as the years added up my curves began to re-shape themselves until I began to look like a potato with arms and legs. We all know if you’re six-feet tall and weigh two hundred pounds or five-feet tall and weigh two hundred pounds your body shape will be a lot different.
Plus-sized doesn’t always mean, oh, fat. Or voluptuous as I like to say. But a size sixteen, one hundred and sixty pound something model is considered plus-sized. Does my hero care? Hell no! As soon as he saw her walk the runway, wearing a sexy corset, he got a serious itch that didn’t go away. And you’ll just have to read A Perfect Fit to see what he did about it.
A Perfect Fit came out in January of this year.
About the Author:
Author Bio – I’m a grandma who likes to read and write smut. I’m also a daughter, mother, aunt, sister, friend, and author. I was born in Maine but have spent most of my life in Florida. I love the cold but hate the heat…go figure. I share my woman-cave with four felines whose main goal in life is to get as much cat hair onto everything that they can. They are doing a great job at it, too! Retired from Disney, I spend as much time as I can writing, but my family will always come first.
True or false…I was on a plane on 9/11