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Monday, March 21, 2011


What Traits Make a Great Paranormal Romance Hero?
Roxanne Rhoads

Why is paranormal romance and urban fantasy so hot right now?

What makes these books rise above the others?

Is the uber hot supernatural men?

If so, what makes them so much better than their human counterparts?

I love supernatural men because they know how to take control. After centuries they know what’s going on and don’t need you to hold their hand and direct them through life or tell them to put the toilet seat down. And hopefully they’ve gotten past all those mommy issues and don’t secretly need a mommy replacement instead of a life partner.

And let’s not forget about their sexual knowledge and experience. If they haven’t figured out how to please a woman after a couple centuries then they’re never going to figure it out.

The one thing I find rather dull about many paranormal hotties is their lack of humor. They are all about power and control- which can surely get dull after awhile. No laughter, no jokes, no fun? Sure he’s hot, he’s powerful and he’s great in bed but if he’s always doom and gloom with no fun how long can the happiness last?

I think that’s why I like my paranormal guys to be a combination of everything. Sure he’s all powerful. He’s a bit of a control freak. But he’s got a sense of humor and isn’t against a good laugh.

I think a good example is Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. He embodies the best of the male supernatural characteristics and balances them out into something very desirable.

Who embodies all the traits you would want in a supernatural hottie? 

I try to throw in a little of all my favorite traits into my characters but sometimes they have a life of their own. One character I’m working on is gorgeous but damaged. I wanted him to be so much more but as I continued writing him all his negative traits kept appearing. The other man in the book, which I had no intention of becoming the hero or love interest, actually starts moving into the number one position and quickly became my favorite and possible the favorite of the heroine of the story.

It is strange how characters sometimes do that. I had the story all mapped out and he came in and stole the show. I just wonder if readers will enjoy the story or find the switch confusing.

In one of my newest releases, An Unexpected Evening, Samuel is just starting to come alive again. While he’s still got a few negative traits going on he is evolving into a character I hope readers will thoroughly enjoy. 

This story is just a short teaser of Samuel and Katerina’s story. I am currently working on a much longer follow up which will give readers a deeper look into their life together.

So I wonder- what do you like most about supernatural heroes? What traits make them lovable? What turns you off?  Tell Roxanne in the comments and one lucky commenter will win a download of An Unexpected Evening.

Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...all words that can describe freelance writer and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.
When not fulfilling one of the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read and review what others write. She operates a book review site, Fang-tastic Books at and a virtual book tour business, Bewitching Book Tours at
Roxanne writes everything from articles to web content as a freelance writer and poet. Her erotic stories and poems have appeared in Playgirl Magazine, several print anthologies, in ebooks and on numerous websites.
Her publishers include Noble Romance, eXcessica, Eternal Press, Xcite Books, Circlet Press, Ravenous Romance, Running Press, Midnight Showcase, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, Melange Books, and L & L Dreamspell.
In addition to reading and writing Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.


Roxanne Rhoads said...

Thank you for having me as a guest today.

Readers, please join the discussion.

Tell me what you think makes a great hero, heart throb in the books you love.

Who is your favorite male character?

Margaret West said...

I like the fact that characters are flawed. It's so tedious to read about the perfect woman or the hero thats just too good to be real. I think thats what sells books. The fact on some level, however supernatural, readers can relate to them

katsrus said...

Hi Roxanne. I also love flawed characters. I love the way you described "powerful, bit of a control freak, sense of humor." I can't really say it better. This is what really draws me to the paranormal books. What I don't like it characters that you can't relate too. My favorite character is Bones from the Night Huntress books. Really wonderful interview.
Sue B

Tom Olbert said...

Flawed, damaged, twisted characters are the best. They're still working out their mommy issues and then some after centuries; that's the twisted core that never goes away. The goody-goody Ken doll immortals are a bore. It's the dark, deadly ones struggling with their core issues (like Damon on the Vampire Diaries) that are intriguing. You never know what to expect from them.

Tom Olbert

wanda f said...

AI love flawed heros especially those who are onthe dangerous side ,I love the loners and dominant alpha males maybe with a sense of humor that rarely is seen by most and a soft touch with kids or animals hehe

Mysti said...

I like flawed characters also, but I'm not a fan of the male who's always so dark and brooding, who depends on the heroine to "reform" him. My ideal guys have some hangups, as do the girls, but their problems complement each other, and together, they grow as individuals and a couple.

Elves play a big role in my series, and I strive to make them less stuffy than they're usually portrayed. They're real people with real problems, not always diminishing and heading to the west :)

Anonymous said...

You made some excellent points in here. One of my favorite characters ever is Lestat from the earlier Vampire Chronicles. (Got a little strange around book 3. Just my own personal.) He's headstrong, seductive, flawed and aware of it, but he looks at the messes he makes with a sense of almost childlike humor. He's almost an agent of chaos, and I think the unpredictability of his nature is one of the most appealing things about him. If I had to choose one fictional character and step into their skin, he'd be my top pick.
(Of course, I'd insist that one tiny rewrite occur. Giggity, giggity!)
Great blog, Roxanne!


J.S. Wayne

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I like when the flaw is related to sis supernatural abilities. Think Cal in Rob Thurmans Cal and Niko series.

P.L. Parker said...

Tortured characters are always good, that is if they evolve as the story progresses.

sashagirl said...

I like my heros (supernatural and human) to be smart, kind, and wise, even more than good looking. A vampire that has compassion and wisdom turns me on the most. Same with my woman main characters. Kathryn Meyer Griffith