The Art of Villainy
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I’m Lisa Kessler, and I love a good villain. I’m also a huge Disney fan. The Evil Queen has always been my favorite Disney villain. If you think about the movie, Snow White, there would be no story without the Queen and her twisted relationship with the magic mirror. Another element that endears her to me is that moment when she realizes the Huntsman has failed to follow her orders, and she is willing to do the dirty work herself.
A good villain becomes the hero of their own story.
Another favorite around my house is Jareth, the Goblin King from Labyrinth. Although he’s kidnapped the heroine’s baby brother, placed her in a magical maze, and often cheats in order to slow her down, you’re drawn to him because he’s going after what he believes is right. The heroine asked for the goblins to take her baby brother away. It wasn’t his fault she changed her mind… Or that’s what Jareth believes.
I enjoy writing villains too because it’s almost like staring into a mirror and seeing the book from a completely different, backwards angle. The villain believes in his cause, regardless of the cost.
And then there is the anti-hero. A character who has maybe played the villain, believed in his cause, but something happens that changes his reflection in the mirror. Sebastian in my new Moon Series has experienced this. When the series began with MOONLIGHT, Sebastian believed in Nero’s mission completely.
But everything changes when he’s sent to Reno bring back a female jaguar who was never bitten, and had no knowledge of Nero. As the series unfolds and Sebastian realizes he’s been deceived, he’s playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse, dancing over the line between right and wrong as his carefully constructed world breaks apart.
In HUNTER’S MOON, his world continues to tilt as he struggles to remain loyal and we as readers discover how deeply he is entangled in the workings of Nero.
So while our hero and heroine find love and redemption, Sebastian’s journey is only just beginning and where right and wrong, black and white, collide Sebastian lives inside that gray area. This is thrilling and challenging for me as a writer, but I love seeing him pushed. It opens up another angle to the series and raises the stakes.
It’s been exciting to hear from readers who are intrigued by Sebastian, and I can’t wait to write his book. It’ll be the final book of the series and we will all finally invade the walls of Nero. Can’t wait!
So do you have any favorite villains or anti-heroes in books or movies? I’d love to hear from you!
Blurb: Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.
When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.
Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com