Guest: Talking Cats and Creating Villains with Kathryn White

Today author Kathryn White stops by BA and shares how she came to create two of the villains in her newest novel, Cats, Scarves and Liars. Add it to Goodreads. Connect with Kathryn via her website, Goodreads, and Facebook.

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It is a truth, universally acknowledged that not all characters in fiction are created equally. Oh. Wait. Perhaps that is in actually my truth and something that may or may not be universally true for all authors and worthy of a parody of a famous line by Jane Austen. In any case, my latest novel, Cats Scarves and Liars is one where the two main villains in the piece were equally as much fun to create and write about as my main character, the tattooed and occasionally ditzy redhead Peppa Grove. The set up is this: Twenty-three year old Peppa was widowed several months ago when her husband, Tony, was killed in a hit-and-run. Tony’s killer has never been caught. And widowhood isn’t something that is sitting easy with our young heroine. When the novel opens, we find her sitting in a messy flat, wallowing in self-pity. Empty wine bottles and dirty dishes suggest that Peppa is not taking care of herself as well as she could be. There is the question of a disappearing, reappearing iPhone (suggesting that she may be suffering lapses of memory,) but the most disturbing symptom of Peppa’s current state of mind occurs when the black and white cat she and Tony adopted several months ago, reveals that can speak perfect English and insists on being renamed Charles. He also refuses to speak to anyone else, despite Peppa’s insistence that he can do so, which causes some worry for her former mother-in-law and Julian, Tony’s best mate. Continue reading

Guest Post: Heroes vs. Villains – Who is More Important? by J.G. Faherty

J.G. FahertyJG Faherty is the author of Cemetery Club, Carnival of Fear, The Cold Spot, He Waits, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Ghosts of Coronado Bay. His latest novel, The Burning Time, comes out Jan. 18. Visit him at jgfaherty.com, Facebook, Twitter, or aboutme.com

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In horror fiction, you’ve almost always got a hero and a villain, or perhaps more than one. There are different types of heroes: cops, detectives, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, military specialists, even supernatural characters (supernatural detectives, ‘good’ vampires, etc.) And there are different types of villains: monsters (vampires, ghosts, werebeasts, serial killers, aliens, etc.), humans, and sometimes even large groups (a zombie horde, for instance).

However, the best horror often happens when the hero and the villain have a personal relationship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a case where a kid unleashes an ancient evil from a secret box or a vampire and werewolf have been mortal enemies since before Christ was born. The personal connection always brings the reader in deeper into the story. Continue reading