The Beautiful People link up is here again! And, instead of mime (though her BP linked-up posts – like this and this – have been great, wouldn’t you say?!), I’m going to wipe some of the secrecy cobwebs off my book and do an interview with one of my antagonists: Luis.
This week’s link-up is entitled the Evil Edition. How fun, right?
But first, a little back-ground on my book (though I won’t say too much, because I’m a high believer of keeping everything undercover until its published). My story is set in a medieval world of castles and swords and smoky cooking fires and kings. Its has battles, natives of the land, conquerors from across the sea, travel between different worlds, wild horses, flawless archery, wild and free peoples, and books that hold heavy secrets. Unfortunately there are no dragons or elves or small-hobbit-like creatures and no beautiful princesses get woken by magic kisses. I’m a little more orginal than I sound. I write gritty fantasy. It’s very fun.
2. What are they prepared to do to get what they want? Anything. Luis will kill and destroy and torture until the natives are extinguished. Not in submission (which is actually the peak of his father’s plans), Luis just wants them dead.
3. Are they evil to the core, or simply misunderstood? Half and half. The War against the natives is Luis’ father’s fault. Maybe if he hadn’t been caught up in his father’s control-issues he would have turned out differently. But he’s an angry man. He always has been. After he came back from the Other World, Luis was evil to the core and bent on revenge.
4. What was their past like? What about their childhood? Was there one defining moment that made them embrace their evil ways? The defining moment was chasing the native’s king’s son (wow, that’s a mouthful) into the Other World and being locked there for 100 years. Then began the downhill slide. But Luis’ childhood wasn’t too bad. He’s a prince, so he had everything and anything he wanted. Except maybe his father’s attention (but with a dad like Luis’, maybe less attention is actually better and more healthy).
5. Now that they’re evil, have they turned their back on everyone, or is there still someone in their life that they care for? (Brother? Daughter? Love interest? Mother? Someone who is just as evil as they are?) Luis loves no one, not anymore. Not even his father. He sees his father as a failure, as abandoning him to the Other World for so long, as giving up on him. Actually, to be plain, Luis hates his father. Luis’ only “friend” is the captain of the army, an old childhood playmate. But their relationship (taken up again after 100 years—and yes, that’s a long time) is sort of tenuous to say the least.
6. Do they like hugs? Do noodles like to be fried? I think Luis would strangle anyone who tried to hug him.
7. Are they plagued by something? (Nightmares, terrible thoughts?) Plagued? Luis? Definitely. He hardly every sleeps. He always has huge headaches, sore eyes, nightmares, tempers, and back flashes. And he’s bitter. The bitterness makes him angry, and the anger comes out in violence.
8. Who are they more similar to: Gollum or Maleficent? Neither. Luis is dark and bitter and brooding and violent.
9. If your villain could have their choice of transportation what would it be? Fast, black car. Luis is from a medieval world, but he’s spent a lot of time in this world. A car is fast. A car can be deadly (because you can run people over). A car, for Luis, would be cool.
10. If you met your villain in the street, how afraid would you be? Are they evil enough to kill their creator? Are you kidding?! Yes. If I saw Luis in the street, I’d keep a very low profile and try and disappear. Luis would kill me because of what I put him through. Who wants to be thrown around through worlds and wars and battles and pain? Considering that, wouldn’t most evil characters want to have it out with their authors?