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Since I’ve been writing alpha heroes, I’ve had to sit back and assess how men actually speak. There are a lot of books out there espousing the differences between the sexes, but nothing really drove home this fact until I got in the middle of a texting conversation between my husband and one of his skeet shooting buddies.
We were in the car, on our way to dinner when my husband received a text from his friend, Bob. I picked up the phone and read him the text. Here’s how the conversation went.
Bob: “Do you reload?”
With my hands poised, ready for speedy texting, I asked, “Do you want me to text him your answer?”
Hubby: “Tell him yes.”
I punched in the single word and waited. Silence. I looked at him. “And?”
Hubby: “And what?”
Me: “Don’t you want to tell him what kind of shells you reload or ask if he reloads?”
Hubby: “No, if he wants to know he’ll ask.”
I pressed send and waited. A few seconds later Bob responded.
Bob: What kind of reloader do you have?”
This conversation was quickly turning into a study of communication habits between men.
Hubby: “The green one.”
Me: “The green one?” Doesn’t it have a serial number or a name like the Master Blaster—the last name in reloading?”
Hubby: “No, just tell him it’s the green one. He’ll know.”
I sent the vague text, ruminating that men hadn’t evolved that much since caveman days. But a few seconds Bob texted back.
Bob: “Good one.”
I waited for more but that was the end of their conversation. That’s when I realized how differently men and women communicate. If this conversation had been between me and my friend, Stacey, it would have gone something like this.
Stacey: Do you reload (send)
Me: “Sometimes, it depends on my mood. I found that reloading isn’t all that cost effective when I can get shells on sale at Sportsman Warehouse.” (send)
Now keep in mind, I’m texting. Stacey and I have entire conversations complete with correct punctuation and grammar about incredibly deep subjects.
Stacey: “I’m thinking about starting but I don’t know which reloader to buy.” (send)
Me: “Well, I have the green one. I think it’s a CD-915 or CD-917. I can’t remember. Hold on and I’ll check.”
Me: “I was right the first time. It’s a CD-915. It’s a really pretty green.” (send)
Stacey: “I love green. It’s my favorite color.” (send)
Me: “Yeah, it’s nice. I wish they made one in orange.” (send)
Stacey: “Oh, that would be awesome. We could invent one.” (send)
Me: “Yeah, and it should make chocolate bullets.” (send)
Stacey: “LOL, we’d make a fortune. And we could wrap them in pretty gold foil with green ribbons.” (send)
Me: “Love it! We could open our own chocolate ammo store or mail-order business.” (send)
I’m going to stop the conversation there because it would go on for hours. You get the point. Realizing that men communicate so differently, I went back and checked the alpha males in my Bringer and the Bane series. I’ll admit, they were chatting away like a bunch of angry hens—even the villains. Here’s an example pre-editing.
Villian: “I can’t wait to see you suffer. When he takes you, I want to be there. I want to see your fear and hear you—”
Blah, blah, blah, for the love of God, we get it. I cut all the dialogue for my heroes by half. In Kiss of the Betrayer, Luc is a little chattier than Rhys was in Shield of Fire, but that’s because he’s a ladies’ man. Still, I had to rein myself in from giving him dialogue filled with emotions.
Before I leave, I’d like to share another conversation I had with my husband, who could and one day will be a character in one of my books.
Me: “Hey honey, how was your day?”
Hubby: *Shoulder shrug*
Me: “What’s wrong?”
Hubby: “I had a bad day.”
Me: “Do you want to talk about it?”
Hubby: “I just did.”
Yeah, that was an actual conversation.
Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite conversation with the opposite sex for a chance to win a copy of my new book, Kiss of the Betrayer. It’s full of hot alpha males. You’re welcome.
Now, I want to wish you a joyous, chocolaty holiday, wrapped in pretty gold paper and tied up with sparkly green bow.
For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.
Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she's brought into the Bringers' fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.
In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.
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