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).
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!