Why writing an Alpha Male is not the same as writing an A$$hole
When I first decided I wanted to try and write a book for the then new Silhouette Nocturne line I had nothing to go on but the guidelines which clearly stated they were looking for alpha males. I hadn’t really analyzed my personal taste in romance heroes or given a great deal of thought about how I felt on alpha vs. beta—although all the recent buzz had been directed at betas.
So, I just sat down and started writing what I thought of as a strong hero—one who would make my heroine feel safe so she could realize the strength within herself. And voila, I discovered writing alphas is second nature to me. I also, after a bit more thought on the topic, realized alphas are the heroes I loved to read—the ones who gave me that little thrill. (If you love them, you know what I’m talking about.)
So, why do people think alphas are assholes? Because they aren’t reading good ones. They aren’t reading John Wayne. They are reading Lex Luther.
Alphas do not need to announce in any way that they are the strongest baddest ass in the room. They just are.
Alphas are protective of those they love, but not domineering. They allow others to show their own strength.
Alphas are sexy, but they aren’t just looking for sex.
Alphas don’t step down from a fight when they are fighting for what they know is right, but they will admit when they were wrong. It’s about doing the right thing, not appearing right.
Alphas recognize and regret wrongs they have done in the past. They don’t blame them on someone else’s actions.
Those are just a few of the characteristics I see in the alphas I write and want to read about. How about you? Do you love alphas? If so why? Can you name an example of a really good or bad one? What for you keeps an alpha from morphing into an asshole?