Dear Constant Reader,
I am pleased to share my blog today with Latina romance author Maria Ferrer.
Writing the Latino Hero
by Maria C. Ferrer
I am writing Latino heroes, and they are different from white heroes or African American heroes. It’s not just the color of their skin because — believe it or not — Latinos come in all shades. And, it’s not the dark hair, because some Latinos are blonde…some are even bald.
Being Latino and writing a Latino hero is more about culture and language.
I won’t bother to talk about regurgitating the Latino Lover mystique, because I find clichés so passé, unless the author uses them properly. But that is another article all together.
What it really comes down to, what really shapes the Latino hero is the author.
My heroes are usually Puerto Rican, because I’m Puerto Rican. When I am writing a Latino hero or fleshing him out, I already have a blue print in my mind of who he is. My hero is Catholic; has a close knit family; visits Puerto Rico often to see family and friends; still asks for his Abuelita’s blessing when he sees her; likes to dance salsa and merengue; and prefers rum to vodka.
Of course, if he’s a New York Rican — that’s a Puerto Rican who grows up in New York, whether they were born in Puerto Rico or not — he will have all of the above, plus a New York City attitude and sophistication.
The easiest and fastest way to show the hero’s Latinidad is through language. My hero speaks English, Spanish and Spanglish. (Yes, Virginia, Spanglish is a language.) He says, querida and amada / lover and beloved.
This is what I start with. Then the story’s plot line will shape the hero further — where he lives; where he works; his immediate family and friends; the women in his life, past and present; etc. My hero has everything a “regular” non-Latino has/ could have; he just has a little something extra that I will weave here and there into the plot to enhance the story.
What is that something extra? What makes a Latino Hero? Amor y sabor.♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maria C. Ferrer is proud to be part of the Latinas Write Romance Blog Tour with Mercedes Cruz and Vanessa Peters. Maria writes contemporary romances under her real name and erotica under the pseudonym of Del Carmen. Her stories have been published by Cleis Press and Ravenous Romance, and have appeared in such magazines as Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Penthouse and Star. Visit her at www.marializaferrer.blogspot.com and www.mydelcarmen.com.