Mystery ~ Romance ~ Adventure
Fallen Heroes
by Karen Sue Burns on June 13th, 2012

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. – Mother Teresa

It's been exactly one week since IN HOT PURSUT was released. And, what a week it has been. I was away from home on release day, at a FEMA/Homeland Security work conference on emergency management. An interesting and important subject for my day job yet I do wish I had been at home with my desktop computer. Oh well ... life goes on, right? Gotta pay the mortgage each month until I become that world-famous-author. Note: I'm assuming world-famous-authors make good money. True?

One cool thing I discovered during the conference is the National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial located on the campus of FEMA's National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This was a total surprise. The memorial is awesome and well-worth a visit. It was dedicated in 1990 to “the memory of all career and volunteer firefighters who have died in the line of duty and it is a tribute to the current and future firefighters who carry on the noble tradition of unselfish service to their communities.”

The flags are at half mast due to the loss of two fire fighters, First Officer Ronnie Chambless (40) and Captain Todd Tomkins (46), both killed on June 3rd fighting the White Rock Fire in Utah, near the Nevada border. Please say a prayer for these brave young men, who made the ultimate sacrifice in responding to their last alarm, as well as their families.

This got me to thinking about heroes and writing. Webster’s Dictionary describes a hero as 1) a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities, 2) a person who is greatly admired, or 3) the chief male character in a story, play, movie, etc.

The entire definition can apply to a romance hero, depending on the story. I like that. I like that literary heroes have the capacity to reflect the traits of real-life heroes — the ones we read about in newspaper/magazine articles and hear about on the television news. Sure, a romance novel will up the ante with dramatization, but it is based on reality. And, from my way of thinking, this translates to happily-ever-after endings being a possibility for real life. I like that!

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