Thursday, 6 August 2009

Too tough to talk

A recent e-mail conversation with Jackie has got me thinking. What do you do when your hero is too tough to talk? My current hero, Matt, is not the type to ever talk about his emotions. He's got a hard edge and has had a tough childhood he would never want to talk about, not even to the heroine. I could make him but it wouldn't be in character.

So, my question is - is it sufficient to have his internal POV reflections and heroine finding out and understanding about his past, maybe alluding to it but not pressing him about it?

Bah, what can you do with these men who don't want to talk???


Joanne Cleary said...

Get them drunk? Give them a truth drug so they HAVE to tell the truth? I just love the scene in the leathal Weapon film where the main characters drug Uncle Benny!

Other than that, I'm not much help this morning. Sorry :-)

Rachael Johns said...

Ooh I LOVE Joanne's suggestions!! Hilarioius!!!

Sorry I have no answers - head too muzzy tonight - but I'll be interested what answers you get :)

Jackie Ashenden said...

Oooh, think I might have an answer. His feelings for the heroine might get him to open up. Mine has just been quite mean to the heroine and hurt her and now he feels really, really bad. In order to make himself feel better, he feels compelled to justify himself to her (and the reader), which will involve some explanations... The first step on the slippery slope for him... hehe.

Lacey Devlin said...

Lol Joanne's a crack up!

Diana Palmer has several heros like this and their love for the heroine is shown by them letting her get away with things that they wouldn't let anyone else do, EVER. For example one hero won't go and get his injuries looked at no matter how life threatening they are unless the foreman picks the heroine up and she makes him. Because the hero is too tough to talk it often takes little bits and pieces for a third party for the heroine to discover his past or vice versa shoiuld she be hiding something from him.

Lorraine said...

Thanks for the suggestions, knew I could rely on you lot :-)

I've decided on a hybrid - the heroine is going to find out independently of the hero and part of the resolution will be the hero struggling to allude to it to explain why trusting the heroine has been so hard for him (he's willing to try to open up because he doesn't want to lose her).

Right, onto my next angst now...

Suzanne Jones said...

Sounds like a good idea, Lorraine.

Have to admit, like Joanne's plan too, though. Hee hee.