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I spend quite a lot of time on character development during the outline stage of each book, and work really hard at making all my major characters realistic individuals. My Misters are as male as I can possibly make them, with input from several guys. I used to often get comments of “A real guy wouldn’t think that!”. These days, I seem to be getting better at it, because my guy readers seldom say that anymore.
The big thing, though, for me, is to make them people and individuals first, and male second. As long as I keep that in mind, I’m good. My Misters stand out because they’re all individuals, and none of them fit a cookie cutter of what a Hero or Villain should be.