What Makes A Hero?
Like most little girls, my first real life hero was my father. He’s gone now, but to me he was a giant of a man. In actuality, he was an average sized man, but could protect me from all sorts of boogie men and under-the-bed, hide-in-the-closet monsters. He was brave. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. My oldest sister was born while Daddy’s ship was at sea. When his time in the service was up, he became a fireman for several years.
Daddy always loved me no matter what. At times, I was hell on wheels as a child. My father didn’t let me off the hook when I messed up, but I could tell at times he was awed by my shenanigans. I think he may have been a handful in his youth and truly appreciated my less than stellar behavior. I’m pretty sure he considered it a sort of art form.
My father took good care of my mother and the rest of the family. Our needs always came first. He was a hard worker and at one time, held down three jobs to make ends meet. He always helped people in need and very rarely turned anyone away. My dad never met a stranger.
My hubby became my next real life hero. He is smart and is always coming up with ways to make our life better. He took over the job as protector of all-things-Teri. I’m not sure either of us even realizes exactly when the baton was passed. We’ve been together since high school. My best guess is it happened the day my father walked me down the aisle and gave me away. Like my father, hubby loves me no matter what. I’m sure that’s a real challenge at times! Hubby also has a kind heart and puts our family first. I’ve loved watching him grow as a father.
My two real life heroes are the inspiration for the heroes I write about. My heroes are strong and tough, yet gentle with the people they love. Family comes first. My book heroes are hard workers and never give up when they want something. They are brave men and protect who, and what, they love. And they love with all their heart.
It’s easy to write book heroes when I’ve had such great role models in my life! I know my father wasn’t, and hubby isn’t, without flaws, but I love them. Love makes it easy to overlook little imperfections. I add a few bulging muscles, add a little height, and ramp up the imperfections and not so great character traits in my book heroes.
After all, no one wants to read about Mr. Perfect who doesn’t need the love of a good woman to change him. Where’s the fun in that?
DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…
As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. Work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…
On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.
September 10 2013
Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.
After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.
Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do.
Teri still frequently tells herself stories as she falls asleep. The only difference now is she wakes up the next morning and turns her bedtime stories into books.
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