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What is a Hero?
There are lots of ways to define “hero.” The TheFreeDictionary.com website offers these as its first two entries:
1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.
2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.
When we talk about “heroes” as authors, we’re often using their fourth definition:
4. The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
Personally I find the number 2 kind much more interesting and prefer to combine number 2 and number 4 in my principal male character. I’m also interested in some of the less obvious forms of heroism, including the quiet, self-sacrificing kind that often goes unrecognized and unacknowledged in daily life. Those heroes are all around us.
Just as an aside, despite the specific role of number 4, I like to think of “hero” as a gender-neutral term. I’ve known a few female heroes in my time. But for the purposes of this essay, I’m using the gendered version of hero as a male character.
My heroine tells her reluctant vampire companion that she isn’t married in part because she’s been holding out for a hero. So far she hasn’t met anyone who even came close.
Over the course of one hugely important night for him, Carol is a reluctant witness to Michael’s heart-wrenching battle to hold onto what little humanity he has left. Doing that means not drinking human blood until the next morning. He only has to do it for ten more hours, but her presence and the continuing intrusions of his maker and nemesis provide temptation almost past bearing, while the deprivation causes him torturous pain.
It gives her a new view of what being a hero means and motivates her to do what she can to try to save him or at least ease his way if nothing else is possible.
Blurb for A Vampire’s Christmas Carol:
Can Christmas Eve get any more fun? On her way to her family’s home, Carol Prescott’s car slides into a ditch in a deserted area with no cell phone signal. The only available shelter is already occupied…by a vampire. To Michael Carpenter, Carol is the bait of a trap.
In an effort to hold onto his soul, Michael has resisted the urge to drink human blood for almost a century. Now he hovers between human and vampire. If he doesn’t drink from a human before the night ends, he’ll die. He’s desperately thirsty, but Michael has seen the soulless monsters vampires are and he prefers death. Carol is pure temptation to him, the Christmas present from hell…or is it from heaven?
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