Month: January 2016

Alpha, Beta, or Somewhere in Between?

  My teen daughter and I often have conversations about boys and men. I instruct and she laughs at me. But taking craft classes at writer’s conferences about the dynamics between the sexes and how they interact, and writing books about relationships has really made me give it some serious thought. When I was a much younger woman, I dated. I know; it was eons ago, and none of us should bring up those days. But daughters ask.¬†Explaining this period in my life can be tricky, because how much do you share enough without blowing your superior example-setting adult power over your teen? Tricky, tricky, tricky. But I realized that drawing on experiences as a young woman have carried over a into my writing of characters. Not the people so much as the personality types. So, if we ever dated, don’t worry. I shared with my daughter that alpha males are often the athletes as young men. They are usually in good physical shape and are surrounded by a group of other alphas–like a pack. …