Here's what people say about Heroes
"An invaluable resource for writers working
in any genre. This excellent book provides profound and provocative insights
into the nature of the human condition. I expect it should prove useful
not for writers alone but for all people curious about life's rich pageant."
--- Prof. Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman,
UCLA's Dept. Film and Television
"5 Stars - REVIEWER'S CHOICE
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO HEROES & HEROINES, SIXTEEN MASTER ARCHETYPES
Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders
Lone Eagle Publishing Co.
HEROES & HEROINES is a must have book for writers.
The three authors have compiled a list of sixteen different personality
types found in fiction, eight for men and eight for women. Each 'type'
is given a general overview, with virtues and flaws, the possible background,
and the styles that may manifest from the types.
For example, the first male type is The Chief. One of
his virtues is being goal oriented, a flaw is being stubborn. This type
wants to be in control - always. He's either a born leader or a conqueror.
A note... this is a very brief description of just this
one type. Suggestions are made for the writer to explore the chief's background
- WHY he's this way. Different occupations are given that might interest
this man, such as a surgeon or a pilot. And this is all just a starting
All sixteen types are given this treatment. The authors
explain the difference between core archetypes (when a chief is 'just'
a chief), evolving archetypes (when a chief is becoming another type),
and layered archetypes (when a chief is also another type). Then the authors
go on to give possible interactions between the different types.
HEROES & HEROINES is going on my keeper shelf. I
know that each of my characters will now have a deeper core, one that
is built upon this wonderful guide. My hat is off to Ms. Cowden, Ms. LaFever
and Ms. Viders. They have given the writing community a terrific tool
in the quest to perfect our art."
--- Reviewed by Karen Larsen of Scribes World
"Finally! Fiction Archetypes made easy. My hat’s
off to Cowden, LaFever and Viders for presenting character archetypes
in a way that neatly satisfies the needs of today’s working writer.
Whether you're ready to explore archetypes in depth or need a quick peek
into what makes a particular character tick, this book delivers the goods.
Stuffed with examples and cleverly organized, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO HEROES
AND HEROINES earned a spot on my crowded bookshelf."
--- Debra Dixon, author of GMC: Goal, Motivation
"I've found The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes
and Heroines to be both fascinating and practical. The primary types as
described by the authors provide a clear spine that immediately identifies
the core drivers for a character upon which other character development
can be layered and out of which conflict and plot logically flow. This
book is a terrific reference for writers of all genres."
--- Sharon Mignerey, Romance Author of PROMISES
TO KEEP (Silhouette Intimate Moments, Summer 2001)
"Anyone who doesn't buy it is risking having a huge
hole in their technical book shelf. If you have trouble with GMC and in
weaving your characters conflicts, then get The Complete Writer's Guide
to HEROES AND HEROINES, Sixteen Master Archetypes. It will solve your
problems and give you new insight into who they are, why they're doing
what they're doing, and how to cure it. It lists in-depth profiles for
each archetype as well as their flaws, values, compatible occupations
and styles (variations on the archetype). I know it's going to be one
of my keepers and one that is destined to become dog-eared from use. The
Complete Writer's Guide to HEROES AND HEROINES, Sixteen Master Archetypes
is the newest "must-have" in the essential writer's resource
--- Marge Smith, aka Elizabeth Sinclair ,
author of THE DREADED SYNOPSIS, order through my website.
"Just wanted to write and tell you how blown away
I am by your fabulous book, The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes &
Heroines. Wow! It should be on every serious writer's bookshelf. It certainly
earned a permanent place on mine."
"My name is Debrah Morris and I have published over
20 collabortative romance novels for Silhouette, Berkley, Avon, and Dell.
I recently sold my first solo novel to Silhouette Romance and have also
completed a long historical and mainstream novel (solo). And, Tami, I
want to tell you how much I love your book on archetypes. I have been
writing for many years, but that small volume is by far the best how-to
book I've seen in a long time. For my last proposal to Silhouette Romance,
I had a great plot idea, but couldn't get focused on my h/h, which is
the opposite of how I usually write. I knew what their basic conflicts
would be, but when I read through the archetypes again, they sprung fully-formed
from the pages like Athena from Zeus's head. The *boss* heroine and the
*best-friend* hero were perfect for my story. I recently sent it off to
Silhouette Romance and am waiting to hear from the editor."
--- Debrah Morris
"Many books attempt to show writers how to create
believable characters. This one is unlike the majority: it specifically
identifies 16 "master archetypes" complete with thumbnail sketches
and descriptions of specific qualities, flaws, virtues, background, styles,
and possible occupations... a thought provoking exploration of character
development and its myriad possibilities."
--- Angela M. Weiler, Library Journal, July 2000
Here's what people say about my short stories, and
the anthologies they appear in.
Praise for Love Sizzles
4 STARS ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKCLUB!
"A treasure trove o gems for a fleeting visit to
places love always has a happily-every-after. . . Within these pages are
21 delightful tales of romance. Six talented authors have come to gether
in this interesting variety of sweet and sensual love stories."
--- Susan Mobley, Reviewer for Romantic Times.
Praise for Love Mystifies
4 1/2 STARS ROMANTIC TIMES!
"This unique and varied anthology contains 21 stories
of love and the paranormal. There is a bit of most everything here --
magic, fantasy, science fiction, suspense. Some will make you laugh, and
some will make you cry, in this excellent collection
of stories for anyone who loves romance with a bit of a twist."
--- Susan Mobley, Reviewer for Romantic Times.
"Meant to Be," one of my stories
in Love Mystifies, was a 2001 finalist for The Prism.
Praise for Love Triumphs
Rated 5 Stars by Word Museum!!!
"As delectable as a gold-wrapped box of Valentine
chocolates, "Love Triumphs" will have you gobbling up one story
after another! A tasty short-story treasure."
--- Pam Johnson, Word Museum.
"Delightful, fun, and highly recommended!"
--- Detra Fitch, HUNTRESS BOOK REVIEWS
"Guaranteed to touch your heart!"
--- Aimee McLeod, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Packed full of tiny treasures, each story a glittering
--- Cathy McDavid, RHAPSODY MAGAZINE
"A definite page turner!"
--- Brandy Hunt, GenrEZONE
Love Triumphs was nominated for the Dorothy
Parker Award of Excellence in the Debut category by Reviewers International