The Makings of an Outlaw Hero
by Harper St. George, author of The Innocent and the Outlaw
I’m so excited to be here today talking with you about one of my favorite types of heroes: the Outlaw! These heroes get to go on brave adventures and have all the fun we only wish we could have. Whether they’re motivated by righting past wrongs, evening the score, or in search of fortune, they do it with confidence and independence.
Who do you think of when you think of an outlaw hero? Do you think of Robin Hood from English folklore, Jamie Fraser from Outlander or someone more modern, like Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy? My favorites are the Wild West outlaws. So, of course, all of the heroes are outlaws in my first Western series, Outlaws of the Wild West.
Hunter Jameson and Castillo (Reyes) Jameson are half brothers who only recently discovered each other. Castillo is a cattle rustler and gun for hire, driven by a need to restore his family’s legacy and find his grandfather’s killer. Hunter is driven by the bonds of brotherhood to help Castillo on his mission. Along the way they rescue Zane Pierce, who’s been beaten near to death for loving the wrong woman, and the Reyes Brothers are born. They roam the West looking to right past wrongs and searching for a killer.
Hunter is the hero of the first book in the series, The Innocent and the Outlaw. As the son of a Montana mining baron, he’s not your typical outlaw hero. He’s accustomed to having everything he wants and rides with his brothers to satisfy his need for justice. Of course, he rides for the thrill of it almost as much. I loved the idea of Hunter, the rough outlaw, juxtaposed with Hunter, the wealthy gentleman. And I couldn’t resist posing this question at the start of writing his story: What happens when a man who can have whatever he wants, can’t get the one thing he needs—the one woman who tells him no?
I loved Hunter, Castillo and Zane right from the start. I hope you enjoy getting to know them and the women who steal their hearts. Who is your favorite romantic outlaw from a book, a movie, TV or even real life?
About The Innocent and the Outlaw:
The stepdaughter of a bank robber, innocent barmaid Emmaline Drake knows Hunter Jameson is trouble the second he walks into her saloon. Though his gaze holds her captive, she vows to keep her distance.
When Hunter kidnaps Emmaline to retaliate against her stepfather, she escapes to the brothel where she was born. In desperation, she auctions off her virginity… But when she looks out into the gathered crowd of men, there’s only one she sees. Hunter has tracked her down and is about to place his bid for her…!