Let's Talk Villains…
Big thanks to Rhianna for the blog spot today!
(Anytime Lisa! ♥)Since we both share a fondness for a good villain, I thought it'd be fun to dig into it a little further.
(Yay for unravelling the most interesting characters in fiction!)My love of villains started with the Evil Queen from Disney's Snow White. Don't get me wrong, she terrified me as a kid! Yikes! But as I got older, it was easy to see that the Evil Queen was driving that story. In fact, without the Evil Queen, Snow White never would have run away into the forest and met the seven dwarves. The prince never would have caught her singing, and we wouldn't have gotten love's first kiss.
That's a passionate villain I can respect.
As a reader, I grew up on horror. Nothing makes me turn pages faster than wondering if the characters I love are going to live. And that love of life and death tension carried over into my writing. I relish an intelligent and somewhat twisted villain who is ALMOST more than the hero can handle.
Since Night Walker hit the shelves, I have loved hearing from readers that they hated Jose and wanted to yell to Calisto that he was the bad guy. When Night Walker went through edits, I was concerned that my editor might want me to tone down the villain a notch or two, but in the end… She asked me to write two more short scenes for him at the beginning of the book! Yay!
(Dear readers, you can read my review of Night Walker and see that Jose was one of the parts I loved most. A villain that makes you terrified for the hero or heroine is a thing of beauty in my humble opinion.)And now that Night Demon is out I can tell you there is more than one villain. One is a force of nature with unquenchable thirst and hunger, and the other desires to end this world and start a new one. So while our heroes need to stop the all-powerful Night Demon, they also discover the double-cross by one of their own.
(I didn't actually mention the villain situation in my review for Night Demon, or it would have been twice as long, but the double-cross and the force of nature make for some seriously exciting page turning in Night Demon, you have to read it!)
I know that dark paranormal isn't for everyone, but for me, nothing raises the tension more than raising the body count… LOL
What keeps you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning? Can't wait to hear… J
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