I’m delighted to be back on Casey’s blog, talking heroes again!
Recently, a number of my twitter pals have been discussing our favourite literary couples from the classics ~ think John Thornton & Margaret Hale, Darcy & Lizzie, Barney & Valancy ~ and from contemporary tales ~ Silas & Eden, Canyon & Dani, Shari & Marcus, DJ & Bella, Carl & Annalisa ~ each of these couples have a man who is heroic yet has vulnerabilities that make him appealing and believable.
So, Casey and I want to introduce you to another hero, this time a contemporary guy, who has qualities to admire and ones that will frustrate you ~ in other words, a real man!
Introducing daredevil pilot, floundering uncle, and let’s just say it, control freak kind of guy
from the imagination of contemporary romance author
|Borrowed from Beth Vogt's|
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So, Beth, how did you choose Griffin's name?
Griffin’s name is a surname – a last name – that I switched up and used as a first name. It’s also interesting to note that in mythology the Griffin was known for speed and flight – and Griffin Walker is an U.S. Air Force pilot.
Nice touch with the meaning of the name, Beth!
Is Griffin inspired by anyone you know?
I wanted to have an air force pilot as a hero because several good friends have been pilots – some flew jets and some flew helicopters. Some people can have preconceived ideas about military pilots and it was intriguing for me to meet military pilots who excelled at their jobs and who also were strong in their faith.
Describe Griffin in 3 adjectives
Stubborn, independent, in control
What are Griffin's standout physical characteristics?
|Borrowed from Beth Vogt's |
Catch a Falling Star Pinterest board
Tall, broad shoulders, little bit of gray in his hair, deep blue eyes – and a tattoo – but he doesn’t like to talk about that.
Mmmm…the tattoo sounds intriguing! Loved that scene in the book J
38 years old, about 6’ 1”, U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot
What scars does Griffin carry from his first marriage?
Griffin’s greatest scar is regret. He wanted to make his marriage to Tracey to work – and in an effort to do so, he made a decision that he regrets. That one choice affects the rest of his life.
What is Kendall's first impression of Griffin?
It’s safe to say that Kendall misjudges Griffin. She’s focused on Ian at the time – and he’s having a life-threatening allergic reaction. Because Griffin is twenty-two years older than Ian, Kendall thinks he’s Ian’s dad. And she can’t believe he’s not better prepared to handle his “son’s” allergies.
How does that first impression change over time?
It does take time for Kendall’s first impression to change because Kendall and Griffin are both strong personalities. But Kendall realizes that there are reasons that Griffin holds himself back from relationships. She begins to discover the things they have in common and to see the man behind the “I like life on my own” exterior.
What's on Griffin's bookshelf and in his Netflix queue?
|Releases May, 2013!|
Hehe! Good on Kendall! I think Griffin might need some of the romantic tips from Downton…
What's Griffin's beverage of choice?
He’s a straight-up cold water kind of guy. He keeps his fridge stocked with bottles of water for him and Mountain Dew for Ian. He also likes a cold beer with pizza.
What are Griffin's spiritual strengths and/or weaknesses?
Griffin has a relationship with God, but he hasn’t embraced grace completely. He hasn’t forgiven himself for some of his past mistakes and so he doesn’t truly believe God can forgive him. And how can a person who is determined to be independent, to not rely on anyone but himself, ever fully trust God?
What motivates (or one motivation) Griffin in his personal life? His professional life?
Griffin is a perfectionist in both his personal and professional life. And that’s gotten him in trouble as a pilot and also caused him to keep God at arm’s length too.
Thank you, Beth, for writing an intriguing hero and a fabulous story!
So, do share, lovely readers, what characteristics do you love to see in a hero?
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