The Alpha and Ohope

Well, cometh Easter, cometh the holiday. We’re going away to Ohope Beach (see right) for four days. Nice picture eh? It’s a tourist board shot so I’m sure it’s not actually like that in real life – though one can hope. Anyway, it’s not terribly exotic and not something I could use in a Modern Heat story (remember Huntly?), but it will be nice to get out of the city and – more importantly – away from the Phone of Doom and the Inbox of Despair. While away I shall be too busy wrangling small children (we’re going away with friends), drinking chocolate martinis, and attempting to play badminton (hard while you’re holding a martini) to angst about phones or email. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. I’m going to bring my laptop too just in case I get some time or a wild fit of creativity and get some writing in. Probably though, I’ll just end up reading the ebooks I’ve got on it.

I was actually going to do a post like Lorraine’s about alpha males ’cause I thought it was really interesting the comment about how many people seem to have difficulty with making their heroes alpha. I’ve also read various reader comments on different sites about how much they don’t like alpha males. And yet Presents (which is full of alphas) is a top selling category. So really, I was wondering why people have problems with writing an alpha male. Is it personal preference? Anyone willing to share their alpha problems? I had one – Alex, my hero in my competition entry, was apparently not allowed to doubt his attractiveness to the heroine. Which kind of makes sense. Doubting one’s own attractiveness is not an alpha trait.

Okay, so I did end up posting about alphas after all! Ah well, can’t get away from the writing. Hope everyone has a nice Easter!

6 thoughts on “The Alpha and Ohope”

  1. Looks fairly exotic to me but I know what you mean. A good place to chill out I hope 🙂

    I like alpha heroes (when accompanied by a strong heroine) but writing them is starting to feel as problematic as that dreaded conflict. You have to make them sympathetic but not in a way that lessens their ‘alphaness’.

    Ah well, enjoy your time out (but be careful when mixing alcohol with badminton – sounds like a recipe for an accident 😉

  2. I think the attraction of alpha males (at least in romantic fiction) is the fact that they’re proactive and decisive and often take charge. Personally I’m not a fan of the ‘me big strong man, you weak little female’ sort, but I reckon you can write an alpha male without him being a throwback from the Stone Age.

  3. I think it’s a very fine line between alpha male and horrible pain in the neck – I know sometimes mine veer too far towards the second category so then I overcompensate by making them too nice.

    Have a great break. Hope the beach is just as lovely as the photo.


  4. Someone else posted a link on a piece about a real life alpha hero and the trouble he has existing in today’s world lol. I’ll see if I can find it. It was a really interesting read.

  5. Hey, back again. Ohope was…actually pretty much like the picture! Very nice…

    I like alpha males personally but I’m with Lorraine, as long as the heroine has what it takes to put him in his place when needed. But I do think they’d be hell on earth to live with. 🙂

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