- He loves his daughter and we generally like family-oriented people.
- He is being brave although his daughter lives with her mother and her new husband - we like him because he's being stoical about his situation.
- He had to work extra hours to get his daughter the present she wanted for her birthday - hardworking, self-sacrificing...
- The step father is loaded - Liam isn't rich, just like us.
- When his daughter is kidnapped, he turns out to have buckets of useful skills, gadgets and handy friends in high places...well, from time to time, don't we all wish we had vastly superior skills and could zap people who got in our way?
- He's only trying to save his daughter; if the baddies had handed her back as he politely asked, he wouldn't have needed to kill them.
- All the baddies were foreign - them versus us. They all smoked, too, so what else did they expect?
There are certain qualities we all think are desirable, like being respectful and kind to those under us. A character who is snotty to the waitress is a character who we will never like. Ditto one who kicks the dog. We can admire a character who steals diamond necklaces, but never one who steals from the charity box.
We like people who are brave - but don't make a fuss about it. Modesty and self-deprecation are attractive. Loyalty is also very important - many a novel has been about a conflict of loyalties and how the main character can resolve that conflict.
We like people who DO stuff, people who make things happen. And we like it when they have special talents. We like people who are like us, but better. Liam, in other words.
NEW!!! I've finally got round to organising some course dates....
How to WRITE a Novel: London 3rd May/Birmingham 7th May/
Oxford 8th May/Exeter 21st May/Bath 12th June
How to SELL a Novel: London 24th May/Exeter 4th June/
Bath 3rd July Details are on my website