Messing with Concepts

I’m having a lot of fun with my current WIP, which is a gay male romance (so if you’re not into that or are offended by it, please skip this blog entry).

The main character, Kyle, is smart, funny, sarcastic, and very used to being in charge of his own life. And often in charge in bed, though not in a Dom way, just in an assertive way. He’s also used to being vegan and human, both of which take a hit when he’s bitten by a werewolf who turns out to be one of his neighbors, and becomes a shifter himself.

His love interest, Tobias, is the Alpha of the local pack. A pack which seems to contain almost all of Kyle’s neighbors. Alpha wolves are supposed to be dominant, always in charge, always in control. Tobias hasn’t been an Alpha for a very long time, but he’s been a werewolf since age fifteen and has always been recognized as dominant by the wolves around him.

So one would think that as Kyle and Tobias’s relationship develops, Tobias would be the stronger partner and would control things to a degree, especially in bed.

Except it doesn’t work that way.

I tried to write it that way. I’ve read plenty of novels involving werewolves, and they’re all pretty much in agreement that the Alpha is supposed to be dominant. An exponential version of the Alpha male authors often use as heroes in romance novels, which now that I think about it may be why shifters, and werewolves especially, have become so popular.

The thing is, in my novel, Tobias doesn’t really want to be dominant. It’s his personality and there isn’t anything he can do to change it. He’s the pack Alpha, which includes certain responsibilities to himself and the pack that he can’t just walk away from. Nor would he want to, because he genuinely cares about his pack and doesn’t want to hang them out to dry.

But when he was a child, he had to help take care of his sisters, one of whom was disabled. He had to mediate his parents’ arguments. He was only fifteen when he became a werewolf, and immediately began rising through the pack hierarchy. He’s tired, and what he wants most in the world is someone else to step in and take care of things–and him–for a while.

Which Kyle does. Kyle is the only wolf in the pack who isn’t bound by some kind of magic to follow Tobias’s orders. He does what Tobias says because he knows if he doesn’t, all other wolves will see it as weakness on Tobias’s part, and Tobias might be challenged for control of the pack. Kyle hates doing what he’s told, but he chooses to for Tobias’s sake.

And when the two of them are alone together, Kyle is the one who’s in charge. Tobias finally gets to rest from always being the Alpha.

I have to say I’m having a lot of fun with these two characters. I’m hoping to finish the rough draft of their story today, and then I’ll be polishing it up and sending it off to seek a good home. If Kyle has his way, it will find one.


One response to “Messing with Concepts

  1. Kathryn Scannell

    Actually, it’s not unusual in a D/S type relationship for a person who’s very dominant in their daily life, like your Alpha, to want to let someone else be in charge for a while.

    The more power you have to give up, the more charged that even temporary exchange is. This is a bit of classic psychology your characters are showing you. It isn’t common in romance plots, but it’s totally on target for real people. This one look like its going to be good.

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