A New York Times article that caught my attention long before I started the Impressions Series is titled “Tapping Your Inner Wolf” In it the author describes observations made of a pack of gray wolves:
“The main characteristic of an alpha male wolf,” the veteran wolf researcher Rick McIntyre told me as we were watching gray wolves, ‘…is a quiet confidence, quiet self-assurance. You know what you need to do; you know what’s best for your pack… You lead by example’ The point is, alpha males are not aggressive. They don’t need to be.”
In writing, as in life, there’s a balance. The connection between characters, the sex, the banter, the drama of the story – all things must be balanced, and more than anything I tried to add complexity to the characters without devolving into too dark or too over-sexualized a story. That word – story – it always comes first. And I wanted a story of a guy I could relate to – not the guy who’d steal your girlfriend in high school and break her heart. Even with a six pack and chiseled face, that guy will always be a dick, and I wanted to write my alpha – the real thing – a guy who can be confident, caring, and most importantly puts the needs of those he loves above his own. Wesley is the most non-alpha-alpha I could write – and I wouldn’t have him any other way.