Friday, May 17, 2019

Yikes! I've Created Another Sexy Villain

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Ask any fiction author and they'll tell you that characters have minds of their own. And believe me, I have experienced this phenomenon many times myself. There have been times when a character came out much differently than originally planned, and it's always been for the better.

Most of the time I try to make my villains as despicable as I can. After all, there's nothing more fun than a villain we love to hate, and it's great when he or she finally gets their comeuppance. Some of my more dastardly villains include Scott Andrews, the married guy putting himself out as a single guy to entice unsuspecting single women in The Deception. Then there's Beau Fowler, the corrupt detective in The Betrayal, who attempts to frame an innocent woman for a crime she didn't commit. And finally, there's Craig Walker, the sociopathic villain in The Stalker, who'll resort to kidnapping and murder to get what he wants. 

Other villains, however, have had a certain quality about them that makes them more complex, more charismatic and, for lack of a better word, sexy. Jeremy Palmer in The Reunion was the first. Originally intended to be a rogue character who would do his dirty deed and be quickly written out of the story, Jeremy turned out to have that special charisma. So rather than being someone to despise, Jeremy instead became a rival, competing with his father to win Gillain's affections. Josh Ramsey in The Letter was originally intended to be a conman, but when the chemistry between him and Stephanie unexpectedly sizzled, his character had to revamped into a mystery man who wasn't who he appeared to be.

So now it's happening again, this time with Calvin Michaelson, in my upcoming novel, The Scandal. Cal's a Hollywood mogul and a womanizer who's earned himself quite a reputation as a playboy. He too was intended to be a despicable villain for readers to hate, but as his character evolved he became more dynamic than I expected, so now he too is being revamped. He'll still be a playboy, but by the end of the story a new and completely unexpected side to Cal will be revealed. 

The Scandal will be available later this summer.

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