Beginning today, 19 October, and running through the 22nd, writers, bloggers, and reviewers are taking part in the Alpha Male Blog Hop. We’re sharing our favorite things about alpha males, how they interact with their leading ladies, character interviews, that sort of thing.
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There’s absolutely no question in my mind whatsoever that my alpha male of choice would be Maxwell Stanley Seward, Jr., of my Atlantic City historicals. Max, in his typical fashion, styles himself as a blonde, blue-eyed Clark Gable or Gary Cooper. He’s married to the love of his life, Alexandria Kate Scots, though it was a long and twisted path on their way to happily ever after. Max was born 13 November 1930, and created on 25 November 1991.
Here’s my interview with my unique, unforgettable Max, my favoritest male character of all time. Going in, I don’t think I ever dreamt I’d be with him for what’s shaping up to be the rest of my life.
So, Maxiekins, it’s hard to believe next month marks both of your birthdays. Scorpio is such a perfect sign for you. Did I really write you into existence almost 21 years ago?
Yeah, we’ve known each other since we were 11 years old. But it’s not fair how you’ve aged in normal time, while I’m so much older than you now. By the way, aren’t you ever going to take me and everyone else out of 1998?
I got sidetracked by a bunch of other projects, but I am getting back to my dearest characters. At least you’re still younger than you’d be in real time. You’d be coming up on your 82nd birthday in real life, not just your 68th.
Oh. Never mind then. And I guess it’s nice to skip back and forth in time. Why don’t you get back to me in 1944, when I was nice and young? You loved me so much you decided to feature me in one of your series, then began paying more attention to other books and series with the people from my world?
All will be rectified in due time. You’re such a cocky bastard, just like you’ve always been. You really think the world revolves around you and that you’re such catnip to women.
I can’t deny I’m a stud. How many beautiful ladies did you let me sleep with again, 50? It’s been so long since I’ve been with anyone besides my lovely Allie that I’ve forgotten. Not that I’m complaining. I’ve gotten all that macho fun out of my system, and haven’t wanted any other woman in my bed for the entire 36 years of our marriage.
And you know Allie was the only woman in my heart since elementary school. I was just too young, cocky, immature, and stupid to appreciate what a true blue woman I had and that it wasn’t cool to have an open relationship without her approval. I wouldn’t have liked it if she’d been off banging all my buddies, permission or not.
You really think I had you bedding 50 women? Try 23. I just looked up your number, in that scene where Gayle caught you sleeping with Brooke. I’d totally forgotten some of those women you’d slept with in the years after Al broke your engagement and moved to Paris. I even temporarily forgot that slutty summer fling of yours, Agnes. Kit’s slept with way more people than you. She’s slept with 32 guys compared to your 23 partners!
Yeah, Gayle totally overreacted to that. It couldn’t have been jealousy, since she was married by then and had already enjoyed me in our younger years. If Brooke and I hadn’t taken off for our Italian sojourn that very day, Gayle would’ve kicked my ass.
You were sleeping with one of her sisters in her own bed! In her house! And you dropped the bomb that you’d previously slept with her sister Maggie as well! Not to mention you started bragging about how Brooke was your dozenth lover since Al broke your engagement a few years ago! At least you only name-dropped the post-Al lovers, instead of reminding Gayle of all the girls you’d already slept with.
Hey, at least give me credit for practicing safe sex. A lot of guys in my generation never used rubbers. The only lover I’ve ever knocked up is Allie, and only twice, for our two kids. I’ve never had a disease either, in spite of that close call when Kit found out she had chlamydia.
Don’t pat yourself on the back too much. Safe sex doesn’t involve washing and reusing the same condom over and over again. I’m still disgusted by that visual so many years later.
I’m never gonna live that one down, am I? At least that rubber is history. And I was born in 1930. We didn’t have access to all the information modern people do.
You’re lucky you’re so handsome and charming, and that you have such a sweet heart and soft spot underneath all that machismo. And I think you’ve gotten the wildest behavior out of your system. It’s been decades since you’ve done things like borrow your stepmother’s cruising yacht without permission or stuff 20 people into your father’s new expensive car and proceed to have a near-catastrophic accident while drunk and underage.
Well, I’m Grandpa Max now. It would be silly for a guy my age to still pull stunts like that. Do you mind telling me how many grandkids Allie and I are going to get? We’ve only got two so far, while some of my friends are leaving us in the dust. I guess I can’t expect to get too many grandkids from only two kids. You gave Cinni and Violet each ten kids, Sparky seven kids, and Kit eight kids!
You’re going to have nine. Six from Fudzie and Atlanta, and three from Bobbie Jo and Eldwin. After Tigerlily, Bobbie Jo is going to have Xandria, named after your Allie, and Dongal. But don’t tell Atlanta she won’t be infertile and a one-child woman forever. That’s a surprise for her. She’s going to have triplets, Mollie, Leonard, and Chelsea, and twins, Lydia and Hugo.
Nine isn’t so bad. Any word on great-grandkids?
So now you’re eager to be an old man? Right now I only know for sure the kids Stan and Pandora are going to have—Althea, Penelope, Haidee, and the next Maxwell Stanley Seward, Sr. Congratulations. You’ll live long enough to see your first namesake.
And I’m destined to be as long-lived as all other firstborn Seward males, right? Maybe live to over 120 like the last Maxwell Stanley Seward, Jr.?
Cinnimin and her Levon are going to be the last of your generation to pass on, Cinni at the end of 2050 and her Levy three years later. You’re going to be alive at least of 2040, but you’ll be gone by the time Cinni passes. Don’t worry, that still makes you one of the longest-lived members of my original generation. You’ll be at least 110.
That’s good news. And by the way, that was really cruel how you took out [name] when she was only 26 and had two little children. I’ve missed her every single day since then. I would’ve given my own life if only she’d been the one to live to 110.
Sorry, Maxie. I’ve been sorry about doing that ever since too, but it was already planned. I love her and miss her just as much as you, perhaps more, since I created her. Ending her life so young wasn’t fun, particularly since I’d grown to care about her so much. I kind of hated her originally. At least she’s regularly come back as a helpful ghost.
Do I get to come back as a ghost?
I think this interview is over!