Yesterday, I wrote the end to my upcoming short story titled A Promise Worth Remembering. And I can’t wait to share the blurb and cover. I promise I’ll post those very soon. But before I started writing, I had to envision my hero Tucker Pierce. I asked myself what kind of hero did I want to play his role?
Many television actors came to mind:
Comedian Hero: Roy Miller, played by Tom Cruise, in Knight and Day. Roy is a save the day while laughing kind of guy, whose girl June Havens, played by Cameron Diaz, saves him in the end. He’s so funny and their chemistry is fantastic.
The Wounded Hero: Damon Salvatore, played by Ian Somerhalder, in The Vampire Diaries. Damon’s sacrifice for his brother, Stephan, is portrayed by Damon’s motto “I don’t deserve the girl, Elaina, because I’m too flawed and, therefore, must push her into Stephan’s arms.” So, he’s a damaged hero he believes isn’t worth saving. He wants to be good, but… Elaina helps him to see he’s a man worth saving.
Compassionate Hero: Sheriff Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, in the Walking Dead. Rick starts out as a man who unconditionally loves his wife. Only problem is that his “compassion to a fault” way of seeing the world no longer works in zombie land. To protect the woman he loves, he must make hard choices and turn off his compassionate nature. (Spoiler Alert) He loses the girl. Unfortunately, he won’t be getting her back. Will Rick learn to balance the two, compassion and hard choices, and finally find love? I guess we will have to wait until next season.
There are personality triats in these three heroes I love. Roy’s wit and casual style, Damon’s passion for Elaina—seeing that what she wants is important—and Rick’s compassion, but willingness to pull out the guns in order to save the girl…maybe even risk her hating him for a time.
I created Tucker Pierce, who is a combo of these three. From the outside, Tucker’s youth-filled years (backstory) seemed perfect. He’s captain and star of the varsity swim team and gets straight A’s. He’s the son of a rich and influential father. He’s found love in the new girl, Bailey Clark. But she’s a Clark. Think Montague and Capulet or Hatfield and McCoy. Their love is a forbidden love. They also each have a desperate secret neither shares with each other. Those wounds keep them apart for ten years.
A Promise Worth Remembering will bring them together again, older, wiser, but on the verge of change. Written in Bailey’s POV, if she can face her fear once and for all and trust Tucker to be that man who will lay down his pride and make the hard choices, help her to leave the past behind and embrace the future—while each revealing their wounds—they might just save each another on their way to happily ever after.
Do you have a favorite hero? What are some of the traits in him you can’t live without?