There was a discussion the other day on an e-loop that I’m apart of, discussing when a hero should make an appearance in a manuscript? Hmmm. Good question.
For me, because I write single title, he sometimes won’t show up for two or three chapters. And then contemporary writer friends have mentioned for their market, he needs to be there from the get go.
Now, this is all very well, but I read a book some weeks back, it was an historical medieval romance and it had me confused. Very confused.
The hero, and I’m not exaggerating, appeared at page 231 (chapter ten!) after the heroine had already married twice and both husbands had died.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and I finished it, but the second husband seemed really nice and I could see the relationship (if the author allowed) could blossom into a romance of the greatest kind, but she didn’t. It was like she decided she didn’t want this fella and chose another to come into play. I started to wonder if this would happen again. Would the bride out live this husband and another come along. And at first I really didn’t like the hero she finally chose. It was a very confusing book and I’m still (obviously I’m writing about it) confused.
So, when do your hero’s enter the stories you write. From the get go, or chapter ten. Or, for the readers out there, when do you like to see the hero appear in the books you buy. For me, I don’t mind holding out a chapter or two, any more than that and I start to get concerned.
Happy reading and writing everyone.