This is a really great question and thanks for asking it. The answer is a bit of both to be honest. The kicker for the chemistry behind Mias and Elle is based around this absolutely appalling act of kidnap on Mias’ behalf. In no way did I want the element of Stockholm Syndrome or submission to be incorporated into their relationship. It’s too easy, and Elle deserves better than that. Not saying there’s anything wrong with submission though ;).
So the trick has been to really understand these characters strengths and weaknesses. I need to make Elle strong yet vulnerable and I need to keep Mias’ Ego inflated, but keep him flawed also. How he and Elle react to each other has been so tricky to develop, trying to work out the kinks in what issues a storyline like theirs would provide. But lets not forget Mias is an ass and Elle is a naive little thing. Shenanigans will happen. And they will learn from it. And it’ll be fun for everyone, I hope.
EDIT: I just want to be clear that when I first started Mias and Elle the whole dominant/submissive and Stockholm thing was unavoidably there, it came with the territory of events, so the development was to find away around that and keep outcomes fresh and new (hopefully). I’m glad I did. I can’t wait to show you what came from that…