Joan Hohl has written about fifty novels in over twenty years. She is creditied at being one of the first if not the first author to write male point of view in category romance novels.
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She also writes under the pseudonyms of Amii Lorin and Paula Roberts. Justine Davis lives on Puget Sound in Washington State, watching big ships and the occasional submarine go by, and sharing the neighborhood with assorted wildlife, including a pair of bald eagles, deer, a bear or two, and a tailless raccoon. In the few hours when she's not planning, plotting, or writing her next book, her favorite things are photography, knitting her way through a huge yarn stash, and driving her restored Corvette roadster--top down, of course. Navy Husband Debbie Macomber When Lieutenant Commander Adam Kennedy offered Shana his help a little dictatorially looking after her niece, she had to admit he was useful and great looking; but Shana made it clear she was not in the market for a navy husband.
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Sounds harder than walking through fire to me. And it has been. Oh, but to nail that perfect mix of arrogance and sexiness. And best of luck to anyone else trying to write the perfect Alpha Male, whatever your genre is. And best of luck to everyone! Leaders in civil rights and peace movements, investigative reporters, lyricists…even comedians. Men who may not lift weights, but do lift spirits, reveal truths, drive action and create a better world. In real life, Martin Luther King, Jr. You can conjure up the best of all their traits in fiction. The good news is, their support can make them heroes, too.
This is a great group; people are coming up with the kind of thoughtful insights and entertaining anecdotes that make me read twice. Carrie with her trick of always giving the alpha some goofy trait. Do I know any alpha males in my life? Heck, yeah, I married one! He has a set of values that I admire and respect. It balances the power between them. I write the alpha male and the one consistent thing I do is make sure that his core values are easy to understand to the reader. There is one thing that fascinates me about the alpha male discussion. He could be construed as bossy, mean and unlikable.
I love writing Alpha males because I love writing the females that take them on. Do I know any Alpha males? Anyway, my observation about real-life Alphas is that it never occurs to them that any other way exists to do things. Which is why I think they get so upset when someone calls them on it. Writing an Alpha male? You betcha and I love him to death. Through her successes, the heroine spotlights the fact that he too has clay feet and he hates her for it. I would like to throw in something here that the heroine learns between the second and third books in the trilogy.
We hear a lot about men who need to be strong enough to let a woman be strong. Wow, more fascinating material coming in! Hm, Laurie, you got me thinking. I love an Alpha with a marshmallow core. Whereas men who pretend to be Alphas and are in it solely for the power trip are usually scared little boys inside, trying to compensate. I also like what I call a reformed bad boy, who still has an Alpha edge, but will pick up the dry cleaning and cook dinner and be damn sexy doing it.
Alright, my husband is a complete alpha.
It often drives me nutso. I often visit the Art of Manliness blog and site to remind myself all the ways a man is manly. To me, the most attractive alpha is the one who knows the difference. I always think that writing alphas is so hard because on the one hand you want to get across the take-control action, look-danger-in-the-eye heroics, the in-charge high handed manner, and the life-on-the-line bravery and know that the really difficult and dangerous situations are in the most capable and well trained hands.
The real-life alpha I know is someone I consider a true hero.
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Those experiences are going to leave a mark. Needless to say the lack of an alpha bone in his body made me realize how much I needed a partner with a stronger backbone in my life. The whole looking out for your woman thing seems heroic to me. In general, police and firefighters are alpha. You know they are always telling people what to do and have to believe that people will follow through.
I want more alpha in my males, but finding the line between jerk and alpha is tough. I read a Christopher Moore book that gave a good explanation as to why beta males are better.
His theory was that back in the cave man days, alpha males were out fighting to get food and fighting other tribes, so they were regularly killed. Working back through, take a look at these gems:. Anyone who cares for him gets drawn into this darkness … root around in all that stuff and find the likable, redeemable quality. I always write alphas and love them in fiction.
My husband is a nice blend of alpha and beta. Shaking my head a lot in agreement! For me, providing the alpha hero with a sense of humor is key. At the same time, the heroine needs to throw him off-balance. Very intriguing topic and you make alphas seem more palatable and buyable than ever! Most of my novels are written with what might be called alpha males because many of them are cops, firefighters, military, etc.
You have to have an element of alpha in you to do these jobs. This is such an interesting post, Laurie. It has really gotten me thinking about what kind of male characters do I enjoy reading? And, I think the bottom line for me is I want characters that are complex.
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In romance, that translates to: I want them strong, but with a soft side so that some of their sensitivity and vulnerability is showing. Even an alpha male has to have that somewhere deep down. I always enjoy your perspective and am a fan of your books!