Help Wanted: Bad Guy

I’m in the re-write phase for the first Daria Gibron thriller and I need some advice.

I’m trying to fully flesh out one of the antagonists.

I won’t go into detail, except to say this guy is a contemporary of Daria (whom readers might remember as the ex-Israeli spy from CRASHERS and BREAKING POINT).

When crafting this character, I want to avoid cliches. I would like the reader to understand that this guy is one of the villains of the piece, but I also don’t want him to be The Villain (complete with twirling mustache and damsels tied to railroad tracks … okay, one damsel, but that’s it).

Trying really hard to keep this guy outta my novels.

Question No. 1 for readers: What does a villain in a mystery or thriller need, in order to completely capture your attention and still be believable?

Question No. 2: Name your favorite antagonists, male and female, current or classic, novels or movies.

I’ll share some of mine, too.

Thanks in advance for the assistance!

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on June 4, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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