I have to admit and the novels I write reinforce it … I prefer dark-haired men. Yes, their hair may be a sandy shade or salt and pepper but no blonde or red-haired heroes for me.
Maybe this bias is genetic. After all, the men in my immediate family have all had dark hair. My dad’s hair was dark and remained dark well into his eighties. My two brothers had dark hair. My natural hair color, after all, was very dark brown. While dating, I realize that I only dated dark-haired men. I married a man who had salt and pepper hair. Maybe it’s also because of all the vintage movies I used to watch as a teen. I drooled over Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Rosanno Brazzi, Rock Hudson, Christopher Plummer and other dark haired hotties. By the way, I loved Robert Redford and his sandy hair. Even now, Richard Gere still makes my heart flutter.
In my first novel, “Paradise Found,” my hero Daemon Wells has sandy hair. In “Lab Test,” Dan O’Brien has dark brown, almost black hair. In my latest release, “Hearts of Steel, “Quade Owen has dark hair. My future releases also feature heroes with dark hair. It seems that I can’t help myself!
When I read novels, I tend to select books whose cover features a dark-haired hero. No blonde men. Please, no red-haired men, especially men in kilts (that’s another bias of mine that I won’t address here). When I select movies, the male lead cannot be blonde or red-haired.
Maybe it’s crazy but as a writer I can create the attributes of my heroes. After all, how many women can put their imaginations and fantasies into a novel? This is part of the fun of being a romance novelist.
Okay, I’m putting the question out there? What is your favorite type of hero? Do you have a preferred hair color and why? It would be interesting to know if others have my strange bias?