DO YOU LOVE FAIRY TALES?
DO I HAVE A BOATLOAD FOR YOU.
AND PROTECTING AMY AND UNEXPECTED RISK JUST RECEIVED FIRST PLACE IN THE INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL AWARDS
The pandemic has made so many changes in our lives, and escaping for just a little while is something we’d all like to do. Escape to where, to9ugh. Well, ow about to a story about a damsel in distress and the hero who saves her(although she’s now a weak-kneed damsel by any means.
I LOVE WHITE KNIGHTS!
Ever since I was a very small child I gorged on fairy tales. They were the books I learned to read with and I read them to my own children. They have such a truly magical quality. The damsel in distress. The heroic savior. Vanquishing the bad guy. How can you not love it? When I finally reached the point in my life where I began writing, I didn’t even realize (dummy me!) that I was following that pattern.
A female character is put into immediate danger in order to put the cast in motion. he nature of the distress varies. The classic damsel has been kidnapped or captured and is locked away, awaiting rescue and afraid for her life and virtue. She may also be lost or stranded in a hostile area, trapped, or suffering any number of terrible fates where she needs help to survive. Sometimes the character gets kidnapped for the sake of her good looks or royal blood, but in other works she’s more likely doing something that is a threat to the party that kidnaps her (reporters are common), which allows her to look smart and independent before she needs to be saved. Alternatively, she can end up prisoner as a Heroic Sacrifice; situations where she puts herself in peril so that others can get away are popular, even if her plan ultimately fails.
Generally expected to give The Hero a Smooch of Victory when he rescues her. Assuming he does, of course…
So yes, we all love the hero who is focused on saving the damsel, who, by the way, is often more than capable of taking care of herself. She’s not weak. She’s not easily defeated. It is, in fact, her inner strength, that allows her not to be a victim and assist her hero when he saves the day. (Because we want her to be strong, too, right? So when I write my stories and imagine my heroes, no matter what they wear – a military uniform, a firefighter outfit, a police uniform – whatever, I always envision him in a medieval suit of armor, wielding his sword to free the lady. And the heroine? She might be in trouble, but she uses her brain and anything she can find to protect herself until she can be rescued. She is not cowed by the villain and does everything she can to protect herself as much as possible until she is rescued. Because, well, you know she will be.
In PROTECTING AMY, Quinn is able to help Amy break out of her psychological prison and defeat the bad guy. in UNEXPECTED RISK, a former Marine becomes the savior of a school teacher who is smart and no pushover. In the STRIKE FORCE series, four Delta Force team mates each rescue the strong women they ahve fallen for who are in d anger. In HEROES RISING ( Brotherhood Protectors), the heroes are all former SEALs who, despite medical discharges for injuries incurred on missions, still answer the call of a woman in danger.
If you check my web site www.desireeholt.com you will see all of my books that are currently available., Some are waiting for revisions, some are getting a full overhaul and some I just haven’t gotten to but am working toward. But c heck out the ones I have, and fall in love with all my white knights.
Be sure to check me out on all digital platforms as well asmy web site Because if you want happy endings, white nights and gritty damsels in distress. that;’s what I write. Happy reading.
Love the fairy tale connection to your story! I have always been a fan of fairy tales and now I can think about them in a new way! Keep writing about those heros.