I wanted to interview a villain for the Beautiful People linkup (which you should join in if you haven’t already. It’s awesome fun). Villains! I thought. How fun! I thought. Well, I was severely wrong. I’ve written a lot of books, as you probably know (14 to be exact in the last 4 years) but what I didn’t realise is: I don’t write traditional villains. ALL MY CHARACTERS ARE VILLAINS.
The protagonist of Six is a slave-trader. Villain, much?
The protagonist of Star Rust starts a war.
The protagonist of my fantasy series kills people. It’s an accident, mostly, but you know…things happen.
The protagonist of Boybots shoots people.
The protagonist of Hook kidnaps children.
I…have problems, okay? My characters reside in grey areas. So what about my antagonists? Well…
The antagonist of Six is a slave. So technically in full rights to be cranky.
The antagonist of Star Rust is actually a war refugee. And the other antagonist is the father who is actually NICE! Just in a warped way. Also the protagonist is deluded.
The antagonist of my fantasy series actually saved his enemy’s life.
The antagonist of Boybots is related. We all have that “weird relative” right?
The antagonist of Hook loves everyone dearly. Then, sometimes, eats them.
I had a hard time choosing someone truly villainous to interview.
So, even though she’s technically just misunderstood, I’m picking Never from my Peter Pan retelling, Hook. Retellings are awesome. And Never is slightly psychotic. But I really do have a soft spot for her.
I love my villains a lot, okay?
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1. What is their motive?
Never is a faerie, so her motive is pretty simple: she’s lonely…and hungry. She enjoys eating children, preferably their souls, but she’ll settle for a drop of blood to tide her over.
She also, well…plays with her food. She tricks children into thinking she’ll entertain them for an eternity of childhood.
Then she eats them.
2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?
She wants friends and food and hey! If it’s a two-for-one deal, then who’s arguing? She’d do anything because she has no concept of right or wrong.
3. How do they deal with conflict?
She eats the conflict.
Okay! I’m kidding! Also, she pretends there is no conflict. She smiles or pouts her gorgeous face and conflict has a habit of melting away. People find it very hard to believe she doesn’t have their best interests at heart.
4. Describe their place of residence.
My retelling version of Neverland is very mossy and green, rainforest and lakes and cliffs. I have forests of pink trees and gorgeous of malicious rocks that actually try to trip people up. It’s beautiful and magical and deceivingly peaceful.
5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?
Never would own the world! Or, at least the children she plucks from their beds and steals away to Neverland. They would adore her. They would play with her. She would eat them as needed. Specifically, she would not lose the first child she kidnapped — Nan — and instead they’d be friends forever.
Instead of Nan fighting for life, liberty, not-to-be-the-evening-snack sort of thing.
6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?
She’s very light and spritely. If there’s a problem, or a mistrustful glance, she laughs and flutters her eyes and gives fun gifts and things get forgotten.
7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?
She teaches them to fly (a.k.a throws them off cliffs and they learn on the way down). She gives them what they’ve always dreamed of and shows them magic. Anything they ask? She gives.
But she is a faerie…so her version of “love” probably isn’t love at all.
8. Do they have any pets?
Children count as pets right? She kidnaps LOTS of children and basically treats them like adoring labradors.
9. Where would they go to relax/think?
To her home, which is a hollow in the base of a huge tree. She also enjoys going to the Butterfly Forest where she catches butterflies and jars them and then, later, rips their wings off and sews them to clothes. That relaxes her. Little psychopath.
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Her puppy dog eyes, probably. For a faerie that looks super young (she’s ageless though and changes depending on how old the kid she kidnaps is), if she whips out a trembling chin and endless round eyes the colour of the moon? HA! You try saying “no”. You’ll sell your soul faster than she can say “pwease?”
Lesson to be learned: Don’t attempt to fight a really adorable villain. You’ll lose.
Cait’s favourite pinterest board is probably her Never Never collection. Yes, there’s many dead bugs, but there’s also whimsical forests and bird wings and ponds. It’s awesome. She’s only got a first-draft of HOOK, but one day she’ll edit it! (One day soon? Ha.) Currently she’s celebrating hitting 1,000 twitter followers! CAKE ALL ROUND!