Author T.L. Schaefer (aka Keira Ramsay) chats about the enduring appeal of a man in uniform. Learn why Schaefer gravitates towards a hero who is part of the armed forces and what is distinctive about the man who holds the heroine's heart in Schaefer's latest tale, Behind Blue Eyes.
Is there anything sexier than a man in uniform? Be they armed services members, cops or firefighters, a man in uniform has always pushed my happy buttons. Heck, I found them fascinating even before I realized they were sexy!
After I figured it out, I didn’t wait long to find my very own man in uniform, and we celebrated our twentieth anniversary earlier this year. So when I started writing, it was only natural that my first hero would be a cop, my heroine an Air Force officer.
Now, over a decade later, writing about these warriors is still one of my favorite things to do.
What’s so special about a man or woman in uniform? I think it’s different for everyone, but for me, it’s the concept of sacrifice. It doesn’t matter which service you’ve joined, which police precinct or fire department, there’s a huge measure of sacrifice attached to that decision. These folks KNOW they’re gonna have to do hellacious work which often puts them in extreme danger, and yet they do it anyway, usually for a pittance of a paycheck, when compared to the risk.
Oh, and let’s be honest here, it doesn’t hurt that these are very physical professions, so for the most part, practitioners need to be in the height of physical shape—Hottie Alert!
As I look back at the various titles I’ve written over the last ten years, whether as TL Schaefer or Keira Ramsay, almost all of my characters have worn a uniform at some point in their lives, and that sacrifice has shaped them, molded them into the people they’re meant to be.
In Behind Blue Eyes, Dallas Homicide Detective Brian Roney has seen it all and done it twice. As an ex-Air Force Pararescuman, he lost something during his service, something only crime scene photographer Sara Covington can help him recover.
As an author, there’s something immensely satisfying about bringing stories like Brian and Sara’s to light (and not just because it gets them out of my head). I love the moment of discovery, of ah-ha, when that perfect moment is just there. When both characters realize, even if it’s separately, that the only true way forward is together.
And as someone who’s been married to the military for twenty years and served as a volunteer firefighter for five, I’ve been lucky enough to live that moment, and revel in it with each and every one of the stories I create.
- T.L. Schaefer
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