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What Makes an Alpha Male?
By Jess Haines
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I’m the author of the urban fantasy novel HUNTED BY THE OTHERS and its sequel, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS (coming January, 2011). I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Chaz, her werewolf boyfriend, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.
Shiarra and the gang are going to talk about what makes an alpha male, well… alpha. You might want to duck and cover, there’s going to be a bit of testosterone flying around.
Take the floor, Shia!
Shiarra: Umm. I don’t know what makes an alpha. Most of the Others I know are alphas. Aren’t they…?
Chaz: Well, if you’re an alpha, you’ve got to have a really big—
Royce: I suppose I can’t argue with that.
Shiarra: Wait a sec. Is this supposed to be a literal question? Chaz, you’re the alpha of your pack, right?
Chaz: Yep. I lead the Sunstrikers, third largest werewolf pack in New York.
Royce: I think what’s being asked for is a deeper definition than who is leading some third-rate pack of mongrels. The term refers to one who is a natural leader, which takes more than brute strength. Your dog there leads by force, not skill.
Chaz: I could eat you, ya know.
Royce: Try it, cur. You just made my point.
Shiarra: Hey! Play nice.
Chaz: No promises. If he starts something, I’m going to finish it.
Shiarra: Both of you, behave. Okay, so alphas are natural leaders. Much as I don’t like agreeing with the vampire, I think he’s right. A title isn’t all that defines an alpha.
Royce: Correct. It takes finesse, drive, and a certain savoir-faire to truly pull one’s weight as a leader of men.
Chaz: Fancy talk is not the same thing as the ability to muster passions and drive in others. You can talk all you want about winning the World Series, but you won’t take any trophies home without putting in hard work and building a team.
Royce: I hardly think that your analogy is appropriate to what we are discussing.
Shiarra: Whatever. Chaz is right—an alpha is supposed to be tough, strong, and inspires others to follow him. They’re not dominant by force, they’re dominant by nature.
Royce: That may be the case, but without tempering that strength, you don’t have a hero—you have a bully. Being alpha is synonymous with being dominant, not abusive.
Shiarra: That’s really funny coming from you.
Royce: I will remind you that I never did take advantage of that contract, Ms. Waynest.
Shiarra: Oh, hey, that’s right! Gee, I wonder why. Oh! I know! Maybe it was because I was wearing armor when you did try to bite me. Let me guess, for your next trick, you’ll try convincing us that those fangs are caps, you don’t really drink blood, and, hey, maybe you’re an avid church-goer on Sundays, too.
Royce: There’s no need to get snippy. I may be an opportunist, but I don’t go out of my way to be cruel. At the time, I saw no other way to ensure you would operate within my interests. I wouldn’t have harmed you too badly had I succeeded.
Shiarra: You son of a—
Chaz: If you bring it up again, I’ll stake you and leave you to fry in the sun. Don’t touch her, you leech.
Royce: Don’t threaten me, dog.
Shiarra: Okay, creepy factor aside, both of you shut up. Especially you.
Royce: The contract, Ms. Waynest. Remember it.
Shiarra: Okay, ew. Just be quiet a sec!
Chaz: When this interview is over, we’re gonna have a chat, pal. Just you and me.
Royce: Oh, I look forward to it. It’s been ages since I’ve tasted the blood of a Were.
Shiarra: Uh, ew? Ew!
Chaz: You bite me, and I’ll tear you apart!
Shiarra: Yeah, don’t make me get my stakes.
Royce: Ms. Waynest, I suggest you stay out of this.
Shiarra: He’s going to kick your Armani-wearing ass, you know.
Royce: Does my exterior deceive you? You truly believe I cannot defend myself when I have need? That is quite amusing, Ms. Waynest. You should say your goodbyes—I won’t make the mistake of underestimating him.
Chaz: I’m not sure if I should be thankful about that or not.
Shiarra: Okay, whatever. Both of you make valid points. Both of you are being gross. I think we’ve made it clear that putting two alpha males in close proximity is a bad, bad idea. I’m done with this interview.
Chaz: Dark alley. Out back. Fifteen minutes.
Royce: Bring it on, furball.
Shiarra: I can’t take you guys anywhere.
Err, right! You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS (Need a link?). If you'd like a chance to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below telling us what you think makes an alpha hero!
Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Tori!
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