Or is it? In most romance novels these days it seems like all the cool jobs; cop, firefighter, Navy SEAL, Sheik, are taken. What’s a writer to do? I say, go back to basics.
Sometimes a hero is an accountant or a house painter. Your strength of character, your moral fiber, is not defined by your pay check.
In Tempting Adam, my hero is the CEO of a Hollywood movie studio because originally I was writing the story to send to Silhouette Desire. In Divorce, Interrupted I mention that Todd works long hours and ignores his family, but I don’t really mention what his office job really is. In Trust In Me, my current work in progress, Jackson Brady is a carpenter with a construction company. He is very much blue-collar, down to earth, and mostly truthful. He has some skeletons in the closet that will wreak havoc with his budding romance with Evie Grimes, antique store co-owner.
Any job can be exciting for your characters if you dig deep and make it real. Any small detail can make the story brighter, bolder, more lifelike.
Readers: do you like exciting jobs in your reading? Writers: how do you make your characters jobs exciting?