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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guest Post: Scars by Laura Hansaker

Hi everyone! I’d like to start this little guest post off with a big THANK YOU to Holly for letting me take over her blog guest blog for the day.

Also I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Laura Hunsaker, author of Highland Destiny, but also, for those of you who follow, I’m the Highland Hussy over at www.demonloversbooksandmore.com



Now, being a fellow book blogger and an author, you’d think I’d have all these great ideas for a guest post. But I had nothing. So I took to twitter and had a nice chat with my friend Nissie who suggested the topic “scars.” I think that’s such a great topic because in Highland Destiny, there’s a great scene about our hero Connor’s scars, where the heroine Mackenzie is tracing his scars and hearing the stories that accompany each. Until she comes to the one she left on his forearm as she’d tried to escape him. And that one in particular holds a special meaning for him. I started thinking about why scars are important in a romance novel, and I think that with the emergence of the Alpha Male as the hero, scars become incredibly important!

Think about what a scar means-it means you survived. You are stronger. My hero, Connor, is a Highlander. A fighter. A warrior. And he lived during the late 1700s, so Scotland was still fighting the Clearances that England forced on them. I think it’s obvious he’d have a few scars, either from battles against the English, or just between the clans.

But let’s not forget that not all scars are visible. So many, many heroes are flawed. And the people we love leave us with are some of the most important scars. Those on our heart. Our psyche. Our minds. There’s another scene in Highland Destiny where we see just how deep Mackenzie has cut Connor. His outer scars have nothing on the ones she leaves on his heart.

So, my question to you, What do scars mean to you? Is it important to have a scarred or flawed hero? I'd love to hear what you guys have to say about it.


4 comments:

  1. First of all, great post, Laurie, it was really interesting. Now, to answer your question. I don't necessarily think it is necessary to have a hero with scars just to have them. Sure, they can be really sexy, but that's not why a hero should have scars. Every scar should tell a story, just like Liam's do. Like you said, also, the internal scars are also very important. I mean, not every hero has to have been abused or heartbroken or something, but everyone experiences some kind of pain that leaves them scarred inside, whether it is the death of a family memeber, pet, etc. So yeah, I think scars are important. They tell you story. They are a map of your body and mind and soul, and they tell the world that you were hurt but you were able to make it through and survive.

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  2. Hey, Laurie! Great post! I agree with you that scars mean you've survived. They're very important to me in a hero. Nothing grabs my heart like a scarred, tortured soul. And I love getting to know him and discovering the wonderful man that lies beneath all the scars, whether they are visible scars or not.

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  3. Thanks guys! I loved your comments :)

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