Status: Book #3 released, doing copy edits for Book #5, doing deep edits to Book #6
Posted by: Genie Gabriel
This must be the week for bad guys!
I'm at a point in my edits when I need to introduce a new character--but the opposite of Meggan's rake who falls in love and becomes a hero.
My new character will seem to be a nice guy who turns out to be a villain.
This is an interesting development for me. I generally have my bad guys be that way from beginning to end of a story.
However, in writing my LEGACY series, there are degrees of villainy. In the first book, the hero locks up a bad guy. However, a bigger, badder guy comes along in the next book, and the next.
This will continue until the end of the series, when the ringleader will be uncovered.
Since the series takes place in a small town, the villains may be people who have lived and worked in this town for a lifetime. A neighbor. Someone my hero or heroine thought was a friend.
Which brings me back to my challenge. How to write a nice guy who has darkness in his heart. And what's his motive for choosing the dark path.
Have you ever written a character like this?