Thursday Spotlight: Lindsay Townsend

Ten things I expect of the hero in my historical romances:

1. To protect those weaker than himself.
2. To respect the heroine, if not from their first meeting, then quickly.
3. To be able to share his feelings. If men in the caves 35,000 years ago could paint wonderful, emotionally charged pictures, any subsequent male should be able to express himself emotionally and be emotionally available.
4. To be an excellent kisser – or a fast learner!
5. To have a past where he has made mistakes, regretted them and grown, without being a pouter.
6. To ride well and look good on a horse.
7. To care for others as well as the heroine.
8. To withhold from spitting on the floor, picking his nose, scratching himself or looking for fleas.
9. To make love with tenderness and consideration.
10. To be thinking of a future where he and the heroine are happily together in old age.

Looks, the way he dresses, the way he styles his hair, are not important. The odd bath now and then is useful. A few practical skills other than wielding a sword or axe are also handy. He should be generous and a thoughtful gift-giver. Why not? Again, if Neanderthals buried their dead with flowers, cared for their elderly and infirm and played music, which they did, I think my heroes should be able to do the same.


  1. OMGosh, Lindsay, thanks for the laugh!
    #8 hits too close to home.
    I like #5 when it comes to all people, but definitely a plus for a romance. Otherwise, they can’t move on toward a future.


  2. Thanks, Julie! I agree about 8 and 5!

  3. Most of these describe an adult, even, or especially, #8.

    Only an adult can be a hero. No boys,please.

  4. I agree, Linda! No boys!

  5. Okay, great list. However, I have to include dancing.

    Seriously in my only RWA Golden Heart entry, the heroine told the hero he had to learn to dance the way she also enjoyed, or she wasn’t interested.

  6. Savanna, I will happily add dancing to my list…Such chances for romance!

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