Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They have different personalities. One thing heroes have in common is they all win the girl in the end.
As a writer and a reader there is one component I need to have in all my heroes. He has to have long hair. Yep, I like a man with long, flowing locks. Perhaps this is because I grew up in the 80’s when it was a requirement for a man to have long hair. I sure miss those days.
I think this is why I like to write and read stories set in ancient and Dark Age time periods when men had long hair. There is nothing more exciting than a fiercely handsome warrior with long hair tumbling to his shoulders. To me, it's a sign of virility or power. In the Biblical story Samson and Delilah, Samson takes a Nazarite vow to serve God, which included never cutting his hair. He fought the Philistines with the strength of many men. Then he falls in love with a Philistine woman named Delilah who betrays him by cutting off his hair. Without his long hair, Samson loses his strength and is taken prisoner. This story always fascinated me.
Since I want to write heroes with long hair, I usually stay away from writing contemporary novels, but my latest story demanded to be in a contemporary setting. What was I to do? Lucky for me, an idea popped into my head. I decided to have my hero work as a head knight at Medieval Times. Yummy. I am not sure why I did not think of this before because I have been to Medieval Times and the knights are hot—most of them have long hair. My female character is fascinated with King Arthur and Gwenhwyfar. She is delighted to watch her knight joust and wield his sword, muscles straining against his tunic. And, of course, he has long hair—a long, shining mane that ripples down his back with every swing of his sword.
For me, nothing can be better. How about you?
What is it about warriors and medieval knights that women like me find so attractive? Is it their long hair or long swords that send our pulses racing? Or is it both?
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My two latest releases with long hair heroes:
Cat’s Curse: A Celtic prince, an ancient vampire and two curses…
'Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic'
Kelley writes Celtic historical romances with fantasy elements. Her stories reflect her passion for history, storytelling and the supernatural. Inspired by the ancient Celts, her tales are filled with fierce warriors, bold women, magic, conflict and romance.