The term Himbot has always held a dear place in my heart since I heard it a few years ago.
The male version of a Fembot. That is, a stereotypical, hyper-masculine male, often portrayed in media, who fit masculinity standards to an unrealistic degree and are often presented, or present themselves, as superior, successful and supremely popular with the ladies
While it’s a hilarious term, it’s not so hilarious to read an entire full-length romance novel with a dude who knows he’s a dude and is out to prove he’s a dude to everyone. When I write heroes, I like them to be real, and something I enjoy doing is giving them quirks that set them apart.
In my new release with Boroughs Publishing, Sonnet Coupled, Griffith Parker is a definite Alpha male, fresh back from a tour in Iraq and attending the police academy while pulling graveyard shifts as a security officer to pay his way through. He’s the strong, silent type, but one thing that comes out during the novel is his hilarious ability to do impersonations. Check out this excerpt from Sonnet Coupled to see what I mean:
Griffith arrived an hour earlier than she expected. She’d finished making sorrentinos—a delicious ham and mozzarella-based ravioli recipe with Abuela’s special added spices—when the doorbell rang. Still in her Star Wars Yoda adult onesie, she ran to open the door. Griffith stood there, dressed casual in dark jeans and a gray V-neck sweater. He held a boxed security system in his hands.
He laughed and did a Yoda impression. “Nice jammies they are. Look good in them, you do, hmm.”
“Oh my God, you sound just like him. Say something else.”
“My thing doing voices sort of is. Strong with the Force is my mimicking. Mmm.”
Sonnet cracked up and shut the door behind him as he came in. “Wow, I’m blown away. I wouldn’t have thought you could do that.”
“Thanks. I spent so much time being quiet as a kid and listening to other people, until one day I realized I could imitate them.”
“Well, you’re good at it.” She flattened down her hair as he looked at it. The curls were a bit out of control. “I was about to hop in the shower. I just made dinner.”
Griffith sniffed the air. “Smells great.”
“Well, with any luck, it should be. Go ahead and make yourself at home. I’m going to finish getting ready.”
He set the box on the coffee table. “Do you care if I just get started? I brought my tools. I also got a fuse for the dryer.”
“No, knock yourself out, Master Yoda.”
Since I’m admittedly a Star Wars geek, check out these impersonations by John Boyega, who plays Finn in the new Star Wars episodes. I dare you not to laugh. 🙂
What fun or quirky traits do you like to see in a hero in the romance novels you read?