Here's the thing....Well...The thing is...I'm having man trouble. No, my marriage is just fine -- really it is. It's all the other men I'm having problems with. All the other men? Yeah, you know, the ones in my head. The ones who won't do what I tell them to do. The ones who look at me, their voices dripping with disdain and snap, "I would never say something so ridiculous!" When I tell them they have to, they cross those tanned, muscular arms and stare at me with contempt, their square jaws rigid, mouths shut tight.
So what's a writer to do? I had no male role models growing up. My mother -- a steel magnolia right down to her three inch heels she even mowed grass in -- raised my two sisters and me all by herself. I had no brothers, dated very little in school...
So, how do I figure out these mysterious creatures? How am I supposed to know what they would say or do? And, since we're sharing secrets, I'll tell you, I love those alpha males -- the strong, silent type who can make your toes tingle, your mouth water and your belly flip all with one raised brow.
In the beginning, I can get it right. My heroes are mysterious, maybe a bit sullen, even angry and bitter -- with good reason -- they've not met their heart's desire -- yeah, I know that's sappy -- but hear me out. That's why I'm having man problems.
Once my man...uh, hero, falls in love, he becomes tender, somewhat sappy and he starts to lose that sexy edge he had at the beginning. Sometimes I can delay the sappiness until almost the end -- but he still feels all these tender feelings for the heroine -- no matter how unwanted they are to him and his personality shifts.
So, what's a writer to do? Who do you use as your male role models for your heroes? Do your men stay alpha all the way to the end? How do you get them to stay the strong, tough, silent type but still have that tenderness that makes your reader sigh and close her eyes, wondering where she can find a man like that?
Anyone have suggestions? My hero in my wip is having all these mushy thoughts and it's way too early!