Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time with villains. I’m still writing romance, but my latest WIPs have had an element of danger and at least one character who wants to make the hero/heroine bleed.
They say that the villain is the hero of his own story, and I used this liberally for my Serial Killer Romance. It was rather fun to cartwheel through the crazy of my honest-to-bob lady killer and show that twisted logic on the page.
I knew this was going to have a tragic ending, knew that my killer wasn’t going to be redeemed, so I could be as disturbing as I wanted and there are parts I wrote that scared even me. But my latest WIP is quite the opposite.
My current villain is very much the hero of his own story, and I hope to make him the hero in a future book. He’s going to do something despicable in this book, something that will affect and destroy several lives. I want the reader to hate him, to shun him and want him to suffer, but I’ll want them to root for him when he gets his own book.
It’d be so much easier if I could use the picture above and cute-kitten him into readers’ good graces, but I don’t think that’ll be possible with the blood of innocents on his hands.
In all my years of writing, I’ve never taken a selfish, soulless man and tried to redeem him enough to be lovable. So I’m looking for help. Anyone have recommendations for a books with dirty rat bastard types who are later redeemed to love him status?
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