Writing Navy SEALs
by Sharon Hamilton
In my just released Navy SEAL romance, Fallen SEAL Legacy, the hero, SO Calvin Cooper is given a KA-BAR knife upon graduation from BUD/S, the day before he receives his Trident. On this knife is engraved the name of a fallen SEAL.
I can only imagine what it must feel like to hold one of these knives. In doing my research, I actually found a couple of them that had somehow been put up for sale, and were quietly re-purchased so they could be returned to their rightful owner, or to the family of the fallen. Life happens. Things go into storage and don’t get reclaimed, and the knives get lost.
I used this information about the ceremonial knives to form the storyline. The hero is ordered to find out about and meet the family of the man whose name appears on his own knife. And so the family who has lost their soldier some thirty years ago comes face to face with a young man who has just tragically lost his entire family in a tornado.
Of course, love blooms where neither the hero nor heroine expects it.
Men who face death together have a unique bond, a brotherhood that is thicker than blood.
I’m not a military reporter or journalist. I write romance. I don’t write blow ‘em up battle scenes with guts and gore because my readers are looking for something else. There are some great writers who do that with tremendous skill. My stories are about the emotions and the love between the hero and the heroine that develops, through the events in the story that throw them together. Frosty standoffs melt into passionate encounters that come on quickly, and strong. I like to make the hero and heroine fall for each other hard: easy to start and hard to stop.
One of the fun things about writing Navy SEALs is that I have a whole team full of other great characters I can choose from for future books. Sort of like what some writers do with large families, these SEAL teams are as close, perhaps closer than any family, and they are rather private. Men who face death together have a unique bond, a brotherhood that is thicker than blood.
They also possess the perfect hero qualities. They are quiet, unassuming. They study things closely, work together silently to achieve a task or goal. They are trained to know who is beside them and to keep each other safe, even if it means self-sacrifice. They always protect the innocent and defend those that can’t defend themselves. They can be counted on to do the right thing regardless of their own fate.
There are real guys who do this every day. My characters are just fictitious, as are my stories. I piece together what I’d like to read in a good military romance, and try to do my job: write a book that will keep someone up all night reading it.
Do you read military romance? If so, what do you like to see in a good book?
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