Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hero Hunter ~ Monthly Author Column by Clare London


We were so happy when the lovely Clare London agreed to be one of our regular monthly author columnists… as an author she is a huge favourite of ours at Sinfully and as a person, well, she’s an absolute treasure.  Heroes is the theme and as readers I’m sure we all have so many, but heroes come in all shapes and forms for very different reasons and over the months Clare is going to introduce us to a few of them. Check out what she has to say and leave a comment, share with us your heroes… as you could also be in with the chance to win a Kindle ebook of your choice if Clare picks a hero from the comments for her next post.

What are you waiting for… go check out our Hero Hunter!

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So many Heroes, So Little Time!

What’s your idea of a hero? As many types of people there are in the world, there will be ideas and aspirations!


I’m fascinated by the whole concept. A hero can be of any race, age, colour, sexual orientation, build, hair colour, academic level, physical ability, job … you name it, we can and will love and appreciate him. We read about them, we write stories about them, we admire them and cherish them and sigh for need of them.

Can we help it if we’re entranced by the image? Our hearts are excited by adventure and strong passion, while our heads admire loyalty and integrity. To find the combination in one man – well, what more could we ask? And there’s such a range to choose from: the musicians, doctors, firemen, cowboys, old and young, indoors and outdoors-men, saints and sinners, tall, blond, short and lean, rough and tough and strong and mean… well, you get the picture. Heroic behaviour can burst from any one of them.

And one of the most likely scenarios is when love comes into the equation. Then we’re treated to those who love from afar, and those who fight for their love. The big, strong guys who face up to each other in a crisis but want to snuggle up in a snowstorm. Those who struggle with expression, while others charm with soft words. And we probably all have our favourites – whether we like the shy, sensitive, intellectual type, or the buff, muscled, strong and silent type.

But hey! Whoever said, as a reader and author, I had to make a choice? (and yes, that is Marlon Brando with a kitten *g*)


On the other hand - heroes can be flawed and their heroism erratic. Sometimes they’re selfish, they make mistakes, they miss the bloody point. But they all have the potential to be Hero. And the fun of writing them is to see whether we can bring that out in all situations – through time and space, with lovers, with enemies, with women and men. Our hearts want to seek the best of human nature, to admire kind and loyal and brave behaviour. It doesn’t have to be on a battlefield. He doesn’t have to be alarmingly handsome – which, after all, is a matter of taste. It’s the spirit that we seek!

In my regular posts I thought I’d touch on a few of the best – *hero types* that is, get your minds out of the gutter! Let’s chat about the wounded hero, the flawed, the geek, the military, the medical, the sensitive, the rough diamond, the bad-guy-done-good, the good-guy-tempted-by-bad, the reluctant, the silent, the rebel, the artist and the sportsman.

Now, it’s up to YOU who we chat about next time. What and who are *your* favourites? Tell me, and I’ll make sure I search them out for you in the coming weeks.

Are you holding on for yours? Let the HERO HUNTER be your guide!

~Clare London~

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Meet Clare London

2P5CTS-WClare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.



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For each Hero Clare picks up from the comments, we will gift that reader a Kindle ebook of their choice… what are you waiting for, tell us your favourites and why.


  1. Lovely ideas, keep 'em coming :)

  2. My favorite hero is the unassuming hero who does heroic things without fanfare because that was how he was raised.

  3. I have to choose? Definitely military men and women. And cops. So, I guess it's authority figures with guns. :) Looking forward to the monthly column.

  4. People that work with animals,as in rescuing,caring about them...especially those who work with endangered species,people who dedicate their whole life to that cause. It's a beautiful cause,and although it's very hard (emotionally mostly,you become very attached to animals and losing them is really hard),it's so rewarding...I work with dogs,and when stray dog comes to you wiggling with its tail like it's going to fall off,just to cuddle and play with's priceless for me.

  5. One hero that is a favorite of mine is the one that stays to take care of his family due to dire situations. It can be to help raise his younger siblings, or to help out his sick/needy parent etc. Sacrificial hero.

  6. I should clarify the hero gives up his chance/ dream of doing something important with his life, e.g. going to college, leaving town, pursuing some opportunity, etc to stay and support and/ or be the primary care taker etc.

  7. I would say the medical hero like a military medic or an ERROR doctor. I also like the animal hero who dedicates his life to rescuing animals, rehabilitation, and endangered species.

  8. My favorite type of hero is the unexpected hero. The sexy geek that has a stronger personality than you first see. The dude bro jock type that can seem like a complete douche on the surface but then you see another side to them. A guy that isn't picture perfect but you can't help but be attracted to him because of his personality, his confidence, and his sexual appeal even if he isn't sexy in the traditional sense of the word. A hero that can be read as a real person that maybe isn't a 6' Adonis with a ripped body and all of the physical perfection that can be imagined. The perfect hero could be that 6' ripped Adonis, but it could also be the science geek with glasses that stands 5' 7" and has very little muscle to speak of.

  9. My favorite hero would be a person who helps others in need without need for personal attention or notoriety. He/she simply does because it is the right thing to do by offering emotional, physical or monetary support in anyway possible.