Male Characters and What They Want
By Liz Everly
Oh, what a joy Alexa Day’s “1-800” is! I read it quickly and found myself giggling and blushing at the same time. In promoting her story this week, we’re considering (very loosely) what men want. I gotta tell you friends I’ve been married for almost 25 years and it seems to me that my husband and I really want the same kinds of things—most of the time. (Not always, of course.)
But I thought it would be fun to look at what my male characters want—and also what Alexa’s male character wants.
He wants to watch football (uninterrupted), to find a Valentine’s Day gift for his sweetie (to please her) and ultimately, he wants what we all want—love. He wants to keep this woman happy. His “voice” throughout the story was so spot-on. I loved this character. Truly, dear readers, this is a fun, hot, little story.
I think, for me, it’s kind of a challenge to find an authentic male voice. I really have to work at it. So this made me think about my male characters. They are all unattached at the beginning of my books. They all want love, ultimately, but some don’t know it, yet.
- Take Jackson from “Saffron Nights.” He starts out being a complete manwhore. Then falls in lust, then love with his business partner, quite unexpectedly. He wants her—and he wants to survive this global chase they are on. He’s had a violent past and he really just wants peace and love in his life.
- Sanj from “Cravings” wants to find his best friends, who are missing. He’s recently come off a bad relationship. But he finds Sasha intriguing and irresistible. He is an Indian man and there are cultural complications. He wants to move beyond all of his family’s expectations, yet keep them happy and show them respect. Yet, he still wants Sasha.
- Gray from “Like Honey” is a career guy in Scotland to find drug smugglers. He finds it difficult to have a relationship and work all over the world for Homeland Security. It’s easier to love them and leave them. He wants to keep Jennifer safe—and protect his own heart. But he knows if he ventures into a relationship with her, his life won’t ever be the same. He wants the best of both worlds: career and love.
- Will in “Tempting Will McGlashen,” my historical, wants to start fresh in the colonies. It doesn’t help him that his new master’s daughter is so tempting. He wants to keep everybody happy—yet he can’t quite resist Mathilda.
One of things I really like about Alexa’s story is that the two leads are already a couple. The tension is built around something else—not how they meet and work it out. They’ve already worked it out—and are continuing to do so. Wink.
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