Christina Pocock is the lead character of the Billionaire Dominance trilogy which I co-wrote (as Abi Aiken) with my friend overseas, Rozlyn Sparks. This trilogy was a project we started in order to explore what we saw as a more realistic portrayal of dominance and submission than some other stories tend to show.
Christina is a woman with more power and wealth than she ever imagined she'd achieve. While she started from a solid foundation, with a generous inheritance from her successful father, her motivation to achieve success came pretty much directly from that same man's emotional neglect, and dismissal of his daughter's importance as a human being. Nothing ground-breaking, of course, but a nice tension-filled seed.
There are many reasons I love her as a character, though, and none of it really stems directly from her childhood. I love that her strength is as brittle as any man's, for one thing. It's also dependent on external elements (her wealth, her power, her ability to eschew manners and niceties in order to secure whatever it is she's striving for). These are elements I abhor in people I meet, yet I love them in a character I co-created.
I guess the reason I love them in Christina is because I have the insight to know why she's like that: she's constantly throwing jabs at the world, keeping everyone else off-balance enough that she can push them around more easily. Keep them where she wants them. Control everything. Still not an admirable trait, but it's one I can sympathize with in this case.
And control really is a huge part of her nature. As we say in the blurb, she's a "hard-nosed and ruthless CEO. An obsessive, compulsive micro-manager who trusts nobody with her business. Public or private." She sees her control as a strength, yet her desperate adherence to it is what makes her so brittle.
I can't speak for Rozlyn on this one, but I know I gave some thought to the Tiger Woods saga of a few years back when I wrote for Christina. The man was practically unbeatable while his super-hero status reigned. As soon as the world found out he was human, and had indulged in the temptations thrown his way, the aura of invincibility shattered. Whatever anyone thinks of his actions and his nature, I don't think there's any doubt he's become a much more interesting character now.
That's actually the same kind of fear which holds Christina in its icy grip, and is sucking the health from her mind and body at the start of the trilogy. Her belief that the slightest loss of control will mean losing everything she's built herself up to be, and her unwillingness to find out who she truly is as a person without that facade. What if she's just a nasty bitch with the mouth of a drag queen and nothing at all worth loving?