Sunday, December 4, 2011

Why the Male POV?

Did you know The Lonely Dominant is written entirely from the male POV? In first person.  I know, right? What was I thinking?  I often asked myself that question and at times, I thought I was out of my mind to attempt doing the whole book from the male perspective.

When developing the plot, Alec's voice spoke the loudest to me. When I came up with the title, I knew the story had to be told from his voice. He is The Lonely Dominant.

I broke the kiss and gently stroked her hair. "Thank you for letting me be the first to bring you that pleasure. You don't know how it pleases me."
I continued to stare at her for a few moments, occasionally placing a soft kiss on her lips.
"I want to please you," she said. "I can't explain it, but I have these urges to make you happy."
"What do you mean?" I said, figuring we might as well put it all on the table.
"Ever since I met you, there's just been something about you. It's the way you act, and you always seem to have control over everything. It's really sexy."
I smirked, because she got me completely.
"When I hear you on the phone for work, you just say what needs to be done. You never ask, and you always get results. There are times when I think I want you to talk to me that way. Is there something wrong with me? I can't even believe I'm telling you this."
I laughed, because if there was something wrong with her, then I was certainly a head case.
"Clara," I picked up her shirt from the floor and handed it to her, "there's nothing wrong with you. I think there's a very specific reason we're drawn to one another."
"Do you know what a Dominant is?" Why waste time?
I was never the type to beat around the bush. When I wanted something, I put it out there. This was no different. She may not have realized it, but she was attracted to me because she was submissive. Exactly how submissive? I wasn't sure, but I hoped to find out.
She quickly put her blouse back on and buttoned it up. We'd have to work on her modesty, too. I planned to have her naked quite a bit.
"I think so," she said. "It's when a person takes on the dominant role in a sexual relationship."
I smiled. "Yes, that's part of it, but it's also the Dom's responsibility to teach and help his submissive reach pleasure beyond her wildest dreams. It's a mutually beneficial relationship between two consenting adults."
"Alec, are you dominant?"
"In almost every aspect of my life, especially in the bedroom."
"Oh," she said, as she adjusted her skirt.
"Does that bother you?" I'd give her the opportunity to run screaming from the house.
"Actually," she said, and the blush took over her face again. "It kind of intrigues me."
She nodded.
"Do you know anything about that type of relationship?" I pulled her closer to me. She was so soft and warm, and I couldn't keep my hands off her. I'd touch her all day if I could.
"Not firsthand, obviously." She traced my lips with her fingertip. I liked when she touched me unprovoked. "I had a human sexuality course last semester and we discussed dominant and submissive behaviors, and I realized I could be a submissive. Not extremely submissive. I mean, I don't think I could be someone's slave, or do it twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, but I found it a turn-on."
Is this really happening?
"The more I learned about the subject, the more I realized I wanted to be dominated," she said. "But, it wasn't something I thought I could explore. I wouldn't even know how to go about it."
Surreal was the only way to describe what was happening here. Anytime I'd engaged in this behavior, I'd had to seek out my subs as discreetly as possible. I would go through friends I knew in the community to find a woman who was into the same things I was. I'd always had difficulty finding someone who was only interested in light play. Most subs were looking for long-term, hard play, and as secure as I was, I just wasn't into beating or humiliating anyone. I also liked having the power of being able to play when I wanted to.
"I'm not a hard-core Dom. I've dabbled, but I've never collared a sub, and I've never been in a relationship with one before. I enjoy the lifestyle, but I did it only with a willing partner, and only for brief periods of time. We both took what we needed from the experience, and then we mutually parted ways."
She looked disappointed by my response. Maybe she thought I was more involved in the lifestyle?
"It's a very satisfying experience when both participants are open and honest about their wants and desires. The pleasures I've gained through my past experiences were like none I'd ever experienced before."
"I'd like to try it," she said. "I want to submit to you."
"You're so young." Her age didn't bother me. Rather, I knew she was so inexperienced when it came to sex and relationships. I wasn't certain she could make this kind of decision. "I'd need you to be absolutely sure."
"You said it was consensual. I wouldn't have to do anything I didn't want to, and if I remember correctly, there are safe words we could use."
"I think you know more than you're letting on." I arched a brow at her, but I was impressed by her openness. I was surprised she had the courage to press the matter.
"I may have researched the subject a couple of times."
"You're right about safe words. They are set up to protect not only your physical boundaries, but your emotional limits as well. I would push your limits, but only to show you how much pleasure you could gain. I couldn't do this 24/7 either. We'd have to come up with some sort of agreement, since we live under the same roof." Are we really entertaining this?
"Weekends?" She shrugged. "Maybe we could try it out?"
I smiled and gently kissed her lips. "Yes, I think weekends would work perfectly."


See...I needed to get the story out from his head. Now of course, Clara is a little disappointed she hasn't gotten her say. Something about every story having two sides;) So, after the holidays, I plan to work on the second book in this series, The Eager Submissive. And guess what? It'll be told entirely from Clara's POV. She's got a lot to tell you.

If you'd like to check out chapter one in it's entirety click here. You'll get to see just how Clara ended up in Alec's house.

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mnjcarter said...

LOved the excerpt! There's alot of dialogue, so we get to read what she is saying. Alot of books that are written in first person have very limited dialogue, which is sometimes frustrating for me as a reader. I think that brilliant that you are writing a sequel from her point of view.

Can't wait to read this!

ella jade said...

Thanks, mnj. You'll find most of my books are driven by the dialogue. So, I'm thrilled you mentioned that. I love writing realistic conversations and really getting inside the characters heads.

Thanks for commenting:)

Debby said...

Very direct person, your lonely dominate. Liked the excerpt
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ella jade said...

Thanks, Debby. There was no way around Alec's dominant personality;) But as the novel progresses we see a softer more loving side emerge. I really enjoyed creating him.

Lacey Wolfe said...

I have read this and it was brilliant. I can't wait until I get Clara's side.

ella jade said...

Thanks Lacey! I'm glad you liked it:) I'm in the outlining stages of Clara's POV (The Eager Submissive). I'm trying to work out exactly where I'm going to pick up her story:)

shadow_kohler said...

Already have a copy. Just wanted to say hi and tell ya how much i adore your stories! ;) Thanks!

Celtic Chick said...

Hi Ella,
I think you did right by your story in choosing his pov. It is a daring choice for romance, but I think you have to listen to your Muse. I loved the excerpt!


ella jade said...

As always Shadow...thanks for the support:)

ella jade said...

Thanks Kelley. As I said, I was going for something different and I hope the readers will connect with Alec. He's got a lot to say;)

Maria D. said...

It's an interesting concept to write it from the male's going to be interesting comparing the same scenes from the female pov

Thanks for sharing the excerpt


ella jade said...

Thanks for commenting, Maria. That's one of the issues I'm working out. I need to figure out which scenes to repeat and where to pick up with Clara's story. I want it to be able to stand alone but I also want to make sure the reader gets they key party of The Lonely Dominant from her POV. I have my work cut out for me. lol