Sometimes bad is just bad

Regardless if I’m writing a paranormal, a cougar romance, or a steamy romance, suspense will be an element and most likely someone will be murdered. So I know the importance of a ‘good’ villain and by good I don’t mean nice. My villains are evil…bad to the core. Few have had any redeeming qualities (my young adult does but that is the only one).

I enjoy writing villains that bad. I don’t my readers to feel sorry for him/her. I have talked to fellow authors who feel villains need a ‘good’ side to appear human.

cruellaHow about Cruella Devile? I mean, she kidnapped PUPPIES to make a fur coat – not a lot of good there.


Or Hanniabl Lector. That man had issues and none of them good.hannibal

Or the Batman’s Joker…Batman would not be a ‘super’ hero without a ‘super’ bad guy.joker

Even though your villain is ‘all’ bad he/she still needs layers to avoid being a ‘cardboard’ figure. He/she needs a goal, motivation, and conflict. There has to be a reason for them to be a villain – something besides a bad mother or they were raised in foster care. Yes, both of these are awful and can result in issues but in my opinion they are over used so they no longer provoke any real emotion from the reader.

While Cruella is a very simple villain and would not hold up well in adult fiction she still is a great example of a pure evil villain. Why does she do what she does? Cruella loved furs. Simple – no mention of foster care or a mother that made her go without clothes in the winter – it’s just a love. I have an explainable love for donuts – I don’t kill for them, however, my kiddos knew better than to take mine J Cruella’s love (motivation), however, drove her to attempt to do socially unacceptable things (goal – have a coat made of puppy fur). The conflict comes in the length she has to go to get the puppies and where to keep them. And of course, it’s hard to find good help when you are kidnapping puppies to make a coat. Not one of personal conflict, she feels no remorse for what she does, it’s all external conflict.

What are some of your favorite villains and why?

Motivation Monday

 The characters from my motocross novella that was meant to be a simple 15k romance aren’t happy with that idea. Over the weekend a nasty fellow showed up and threw a suspense element into the plot. At first I tried to refuse but my muse fell in love with the guy. She reminded me that we write romance with a bang ~ regardless of word count. So let me introduce you to the newest character in Kick Start…

My goal is to ruin Dezmond and I always meet my goal...

My goal is to ruin Dezmond and I always meet my goal…

 He started off as a walk on character but my muse saw his true potential. While the deadline on the call is creeping near, I realize that this added twist is what the story needed to make it rock. So he’ll get to stay and I’ll drink more coffee as I pull some late night writing sessions.

It would have been easier to stick to my original story line, which was good but the suspense will go great with the high adrenalin world of motocross. Keeping everything within the 15k word limit will be the issue.

 My brother-in-law and nephew both race so this week’s motivation is to transport my reader into the world of motocross. To give them a seat at a race and have them tingle with the excitement The feel of a motocross is totally different than any other event I’ve attended. The crowd, the racers, the sponsors are all unique to this world – and believe me motocross is a world of it’s own.

 I’d love to hear about some of the favorite worlds you have been transported to.