It’s funny the things you find out about your characters that you don’t realise until you’ve written The End. Have done the HEA for the Hammer Pants ms (actually they’re Hammer Capris since I’ve come up short on the word count) and figured I’ve been pulling back on my hero. I wanted him to be a bad boy – hey he knows it and has been trying to tell me so it’s not his fault – but actually, he’s not all that bad. In my efforts to make him sympathetic, I’ve neutered the poor man. Which kind of defeats the purpose of his conflict and may be one of the reasons I was struggling with the ms. Never a good thing to do with an alpha. So one of the many pieces of tailoring I have to do to the Hammer Pants to get them looking like Chanel is to give my poor bad boy back his cojones. He’s not a happy lad, let me tell you, and he did not appreciate my efforts to contain him.
Such are the joys of the alpha male.
Anyway to give myself a bit of alpha practice, I’ve been redoing my Frenchman to suit Presents/Modern. Yes, it’s quite different to writing MH but to be honest, I’m quite enjoying releasing my inner emo. As you know, I LOVE teh angst. Bring on the drama, the torture, the sexy darkness! You can’t go too dark with MH – at least not as dark as I want – so letting it all hang out with a bit of Presents is actually quite liberating. Anyway, I always had a sneaking suspicion that the Frenchman erred on the Modern side of the Modern Heat line so it’s not been too much work to pull him completely over it. And I have to say, he’s happier as a Modern hero. His voice in my head wasn’t ever MH and so the rest of the ms is not all that MH is tone either. In fact I’m secretly thinking of sending the first chapter to SYTYCW, just to see what happens. Hehe.
So what’s everyone else doing? Neutered any bad boys lately?