But hey, I'm not just here to tell you about my newest book. Although feel free to place your pre-order at my publisher's site now. LOL
Better Off Without Her is different! Oh, you've heard that story before? Well, let me explain. When I began writing this book, I delved into Victor Frank's head, the villain. No, I didn't just write his part, I felt it, I felt his depression, I felt his helplessness, and the dark side of him that was perceived as evil. When I would stop writing for the day, I would have to bring myself up out of the defunct. Not an easy task, once you get to know Victor. Have you ever lived in a villian's head before? I have and it is a trip that is scary. It is hard to get out of, once you are there.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't as though I wanted to go out and kill someone. No, it was rather the depression he suffered from his lifetime abuse. This was hard to crawl out from under. You see I knew what made him evil. I knew the man…no…not in human form, but on my paper, I knew him. I knew how out of place he felt with humanity. I knew how he wanted to smile but found it too painful to do. I knew how he so desperately wanted to fit in, but didn't, and knew he never would. I felt it for him. I endured what he endured. For a short space in time, I played his part in the story.
It's easy as a writer to play the hero or heroine's part in a book. They represent the good in people. But what about the villain. What do they represent? What makes them tick? What triggers them over the edge? My villain, Victor Frank has one redeeming quality that even he recognizes as good. However, although his reasoning is good, his actions take on a different turn. Can good become an act of evil? Can facing your demons make you a demon?
To create the ultimate bad guy, one must know him thoroughly. Become him in the mind.
I think I succeeded in Better Off Without Her, but you be the judge. I gotta go pull myself out of him, once more….
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