Dark, Blond, Red, Or Bald?
I've been told time and time again that heroes with dark hair sell more books than heroes with blond hair. I don't know why that is. Maybe because we tend to describe romance heroes as being tall, dark, and handsome.
I've often claimed that I am hair color neutral. If a story is great, I don't care about hair color.
But is that true?
My keeper shelf (virtual and real) is deliberately limited to 10 books. 80% of these books star dark heroes. None of these books have redheaded heroes (maybe because 2 of my brothers and 2 of my sisters have red hair). None of these books have hair challenged heroes.
Dain (Loretta Chase's Lord Of Scoundrels)
Gideon (Amanda Quick's Ravished)
Charles (Sally MacKenzie's The Naked Marquis)
Graystone (Amanda Quick's Rendezvous)
Gabriel (Olivia Parker's At The Bride Hunt Ball)
Drury (Margaret Moore's A Lover's Kiss)
Julian (Mary Hughes' Biting Nixie)
Marcus (Kelly Kirch's Marriage Mart)
Sebastian (Lisa Kleypas' Devil In Winter)
Baron (J.K. Coi's Immortal Kiss)
Would I love the books as much if the heroes had blond hair? I'd like to think so but then… a few of my top picks are beast books. I always picture the beast hero as being dark. Maybe they wouldn't have worked so well if the heroes had light locks.
As for heroes I've written, 3 are dark (Philippe in Breach Of Trust, Richard in Selling Forever, and Tavos in Flawless – out Feb 2010), 1 is blond (Hagen in Invisible) and 1 is bald (Alvar in Released – out this week sometime). As I'm a new author, I'm still building a readership so hair color has less to do with sales than the order the books were released in.
Does hair color matter to you?
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