Looking for the perfect, or not so perfect, villain for your story?
Finding a hero, well that is perfectly simple. A dash of Prince Charming, a sprinkle of Albert Einstein, a quarter cup of Fred Astaire, a hint of Hans Solo. . .well, you get my drift. A quick whisk or two and TADA! You have a hero!
Not so, with a villain, that is an entirely different cup of (hemlock) tea.
Deeply flawed, and driven by: dark forces, questionable morals, a wounded soul, or simply bad fashion sense, villains must connect with readers in some realistic way. A strong villain forces the hero to step up, demanding more moral fiber than he, the hero, knew that he possessed. Remember, there is no “Happily Ever After” without the twists and turns supplied compliments of the villain!
Remember unless your villain is a serial killer, or the embodiment of pure Evil, he—the villain, must possession a rich and complex character and past. He must be a worthy antagonist for protagonist (…