Today I’m pleased to welcome author Natasha Duncan-Drake, co-owner of Wittegen Press.
Greetings one and all and thank you to Eva for hosting my post today as part of the Blogger Book Fair.
If there is one thing I love, it’s a good bad guy. As I have heard said many a time, the hero of the piece can only be as good as the villain he faces. I’m also fond of a good anti-hero as well.
A good villain has to have depth as far as I’m concerned. Depending on the genre, it doesn’t have to be a lot of depth, but if there is nothing there except a 2D laughing maniac then there is often something missing from the story for me. Depending how a story is written, it can be very difficult to get depth into a villain, but at least giving them a reason to be is a good idea.
Sometimes a villain’s depth simply comes from how they choose to go after the hero. For example, if you have an unknown villain who only actually appears at the end of a book, then you have to show who they are through their acts. The crime novel is a good example of this kind of villain. The reader has to be kept interested in the villain through their criminal activities and, of course, the master of this was Agatha Christie.
My sister and I wrote a crime novel, well, actually is it a crime/fantasy novel (Sacrifice of An Angel) about magical law enforcement and, frankly, it was a lot of fun playing with possible villains. We had obvious options and not so obvious options and gave them all motives.
It’s also fun to play with redeemable villains. Give them a solid reason for their actions, something the reader can understand, and you have yourself a villain that could be lured back to the good side. Darth Vader springs to mind as the obvious one here, and I like to think of Loki, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as redeemable as well. If there is one thing Joss Wheadon does well, it’s write a complex villain.
I have a redeemable villain in one of my book series (The Dark Reflections Series). His name is Devon and he’s very, very dangerous, but has the possibility of being more than he seems at first glance. I’m writing the second book in the series at the moment, and he’s a lot of fun to play with, along with my protagonist, Tristan.
Vampires are a small obsession of mine and they can make good redeemable villains. Louis from Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire was a redeemable villain, although he always seemed to fail at redemption, but at least he tried. Where as Lestat was the irredeemable villain, who was likeable anyway. However, vampires also make the most wonderful, downright evil villains. Kurt Barlow from Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot is a brilliant example of pure evil. He has no redeeming qualities at all and he lurks in the background as the silent darkness taking over the town.
Since they are a love of mine, I have chosen to write about vampires more than once. I have an male/male romance series called The Soul Reader Series, which has both redeemable and irredeemable vampires and a New Adult series called Vampires: The New Age, which has mostly irredeemably bad vampires along with lots of other paranormal activities. That you can take a vampire, who is basically a blood drinking revenant, and have them as everything from a romantic lead to a slathering beast has always intrigued me.
Be they serial killers, paranormal beasts, ghosts, demons, drug dealers or simple nasty people, villains can make or break a plot as easily as the heroes.
Do you have a favourite villain? Do you like have a preference for redeemable or irredeemable villains? What do you look for in a villain?
Thanks for reading.
Vampires: The New Age by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Nate is a vampire hunter, and he’s good at it.
Lexie is a white witch with a dark secret.
Together they make a formidable team in the dangerous world that lurks beneath the civilised veneer most people live in. Vampires exist in the shadows while hunters do their best to keep the predators in check and the rest of humanity ignorant.
Vampires: The New Age is a collection of books which detail what happens when the line between hunters and vampires becomes more than a little blurred and old legends and relics are needed again in the modern world.
The Soul Reader Series by Tasha D-Drake (aka Natasha Duncan-Drake)
John McElroy knows that at best he can be called a male escort and at worst a whore. He sells his blood to vampire clients and it’s a full service industry; what the client wants the clients gets whether it be sex or just a meal. John survives using the acting skills he picked up in his old life before he knew some people came with fangs. He keeps his emotions remote, but then he meets Michael Cooper, a vampire who changes everything.
Me, Myself and I by Tasha D-Drake
|Me, Myself and I
Tristan is an actor and he plays a supervillain in the movies. At least he thought he did, but then he has an accident and he wakes up surrounded by the world of the films. Now he has to figure out if he’s hallucinating, if somehow the movies are real and he’s been transplanted to another world or if he is actually Devon, a supervillain having a psychotic break. Whatever the answer: it’s frighteningly crazy.
“Me, Myself and I” is a sci-fi novelette (~15.5Kwds), with a heavy side of male/male romance.
This is the first story in the Dark Reflections Series, the second title will follow soon.
About the Author: Tasha started writing as a pre-teen and has never stopped. She used to be a software engineer and database designer before she decided to follow her dream to be a writer full time. With her twin sister she created Wittegen Press, a small e-Book press for publishing genre fiction. Her books include novels in the contemporary fantasy, crime and horror genres as well as many short stories and novelettes in every genre from sci-fi to romance. When she’s not writing she’s usually reading, watching vampire movies, baking or polishing her Photoshop skills.
Thanks for being here, Tasha! I’m glad to include you in the #BBF and will definitely check out your work!