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We all know what we think of when we think ‘alpha male’, but what about the other side of that coin? I do love a take-charge heroine who is bold, confident, and assertive. In my erotic romance novel (that I’m hoping to self-publish early next year–crossing my fingers that I can get the ball rolling on the paperwork aspects of starting a “business”, yikes), my heroine is all of those things and more. It’s the “and more” part that gets things cooking…and then makes them deliciously messy.
Stephanie is damn close to an anti-heroine. She has great qualities, but she’s far from sunshine and roses. She’s so, so far. And those great qualities are so, so hidden to most people. An unapologetic grouch with a baaad case of ze potty mouth, no one could possibly mistake her for a shiny, happy heroine. My girl’s willing to throw down, if necessary. Now don’t run off frightened just yet! Sure, Steph’s bold. Sure, she’s confident and assertive. But are those her only good qualities? Nah. Stephanie’s fierce, to be sure, but that fire she carries inside burns in all sorts of directions. She’s fiercely protective of those (very, very select few) she loves. She’s fiercely competitive (and gets to work her brand of badass magic on her antagonist in the story, a much despised co-worker.) She’s fiercely passionate as well. And since this is a romance, Stephanie gets her opportunity to allow that quality to shine. Oh, and shine it does. When she meets Chance, the sexy, although slightly cocky man who becomes her boss, you just know the wheels start turning in that fabulous mind of hers. She’s far too goal-oriented for those wheels to stay motionless long. She plans to use the gorgeous schmuck in order to further her own agenda, but… Well, sometimes things don’t go as planned, right? Anyway, the fun gets wicked when you put her with a man who’s way too sure of himself and deserves to be knocked down a peg or three. Neither is used to backing down from a challenge and the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced is one another. Sparks fly, things ignite, clothes are shed, naughty things that shan’t be spoken of here are done. Yeah, in other words, I had a blast writing this sucker, lol.
In any case, for me, it’s almost easier to know what an alpha heroine isn’t rather than what she is. She’s not shy. She’s not a wallflower. She’s not weak. She’s not perfect. She’s not one to back down from fights, obstacles, problems, etc. What I do wonder is: What is an alpha heroine to others? Or perhaps it’s just meant to be one of those great mysteries of life. Maybe she’s just too damn elusive to define. Probably. It would, after all, be just one more way for the alpha heroine to keep us on our toes.