I’m so pleased to introduce you today to romantic comedy author Bethany Turner! I had the pleasure of meeting Bethany at the Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat, then spent time with her at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. She’s a delight! Welcome, Bethany! -Becky
Do you want to know my favorite part of writing romance? I should probably say it’s capturing that moment when someone realizes they’ll never be as happy as they could be unless they find a way to make that other person theirs, or maybe creating new ways for characters to deal with attraction and fight and make up. Nah. That’s all good, but my favorite part is experiencing the thrill of falling a little bit in love with my leading men as I map out a way for my heroines to do the same.
Prior to Ben Delaney in The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, I think every leading man had been some version of Mr. Darcy. He’s always been my favorite man to read, and he has certainly become my favorite man to write. Of course not everyone is blatantly Darcy, but they usually exhibit at least some of the characteristics. There’s just something to be said for being the object of affection of a man who doesn’t love easily, but who loves one woman deeply and passionately–usually against his better judgment. And I love it when the guy is a little bit humorless at first. Grumpy, even. Doesn’t that make those first smiles, those first laughs a little more valuable? Especially when you know those smiles and laughs are reserved for that one woman who managed to break through the heavily-fortified surface.
Mr. Darcy told Elizabeth his temper “would perhaps be called resentful.” Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey explained to Anna, “Your husband is a brooder. And brooders brood.” And yet Lizzie and Anna were invited inside, as I was by my husband who has continually told me he doesn’t need other people in his life, and yet has lived life by my side for more than sixteen years.
I love writing Darcy. So imagine my surprise when Ben Delaney was born to be something closer to a Bingley. Oh, sure, he carries around some Darcyesque baggage, but he’s kind and warm and inviting. He fights hard for love, but unlike the Darcys of the world, his opponents in the fight aren’t the very characteristics which make him so irresistible.
But Ben Delaney is irresistible, nonetheless.
Who knew? Who knew that I could find someone who is so instantly endearing and who doesn’t make you work and wait to see how wonderful he is to be so…yum? (Yes. Yum.)
And because he was so yum, it was possible to see through the moments when his temper was a tad resentful, and it made it a pleasure to see how cute he was when he indulged in an uncharacteristic moment of brooding. As I wrote, I still fell a little bit in love with my leading man as I mapped out a way for my heroine to do the same. For Ben Delaney, both Sarah Hollenbeck and I fell fast and hard.
And I was pleasantly surprised to discover the thrill remained the same.
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Bethany is a born and bred Kentucky girl who relocated to Colorado in 2001, three years after meeting the love of her life in a chat room, back before anyone knew that wasn’t always a good idea. Thankfully, it worked out in this case, and she and her husband are the proud parents of two boys. In 2014 Bethany walked away from her career as a bank vice president to step out in faith as a writer. Since then, God has not only opened doors in the publishing world, but has also called her to full-time ministry serving on a church staff. She is an innovative systems administrator for a rural church that is passionate about reaching the unchurched.
In her post, Bethany talked about hero types. What is your personal favorite type of hero?