It's been a rough week here in Louisaland. Some bigwig from the regional office is due to visit our store tomorrow and as a result every Wal down in our little Walville has been busier than a three-legged cat in a litter box. (I do love that one, Heather. Thanks!) To top it off I have to be at work tomorrow at the UNGODLY hour of FIVE AM !! I don't think my heart even starts beating until after six. I am NOT a morning person.
Suffice it to to say, my week has been nothing, but one long reminder of the reasons I really want to make writing historical romance my career. The only way you will catch me up at FIVE AM once that happens is if the words are falling so furiously from my fingertips I forget what time it is!
And then to top it all off, someone read a chapter of my much revised, driving me to drink, which I don't, but if I did, I'd be the aunt you don't want to invite to the wedding because she propositions all the groomsmen, dances on the table and then gets sick in the ferns and has to sleep it off in the choir robe closet by now AND this person, who read my chapter, had the audacity to say .... MY HERO IS A WIMP !!
Actually she said he talks too much and when he does he talks like a girl, but that says WIMP in my book! Oh the humanity. Actually, if he's a wimp it is probably - Oh the husissity, but you get the picture.
While I 'm not convinced I've neutered the poor guy beyond all hope, I have been cruising the net and writers' sites in particular for any and all tips, hints and articles on how to write an ALPHA MALE.
I'm rereading some of my favorite historical romances in search of just the right ingredients for the perfect specimen of the species.
Dangerous to Love by Rexanne Becnel - Ivan Thornton, the Gypsy Earl, makes me want to slap him sometimes, but only when I'm not wanting to jump his bones.
Wulfric Bedwyn from Mary Balogh's Slightly Series - What is it about this ice cold, arrogant aristocrat that make me want to go ice skating - naked?
Sebastian Ballister from Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase - Gotta' love a guy who sees being shot by the heroine as foreplay.
SO, I pose to you the question WHAT MAKES AN ALPHA .... well ALPHA?
I've come to the conclusion he has to be a complete ass and never utter sentences with more than six words in them, but I DO tend to overreact when someone questions my hero's manhood. But, if that isn't an ALPHA, what is?
Help me make a man out of my hero ! Any suggestions? Tips? The historical romance equivalent of Viagra? Post 'em if you got 'em !