I have made no secret of the fact that I HATE my job. For those of you who don't know, I manage the bakery at our local Wal-Mart. Now don't get me wrong. I like the girls on my crew. They're a great bunch and they work really hard. We try to have a good time and get the job done too.
No, the reason I HATE my job is that it has become a mind-numbing, soul-sucking trial of apocalyptic proportions. The reason? The villain of the piece - the store co-manager over my area. His name is Tony and he is the most arrogant, insufferable, self-righteous, know it all bully who has NO respect for women on the planet. We are contemplating taking up a collection to send a sympathy gift to his wife!
So, Tony the Bully got me thinking about villains. What sort of villain do you like to write? What sort of villain do you like to read?
Do you prefer the over-the-top obvious villain, like the man whose voodoo doll hangs from my rear view mirror? (Tony keeps complaining of back pain. I need to jab those needles a little lower!)
Do you like the subtle villain - the one you know is going to hurt someone, you just can't figure out how?
Do you like the psycho, unpredictable villain? The one you watch unravel while everyone around him has no clue - including your hero and heroine.
Do you like the villain who MIGHT be able to be redeemed in a future book?
Come on. We want to know your deepest darkest secrets when it comes to the villains you envision.
How much is too much, when it comes to villains? How do you write them and are the easier or harder than a hero or heroine to create?
And finally does anyone else have a really obnoxious boss they want bumped off? My buddy at the alligator farm is running a two for one special on body disposals. Alligators are one of the most efficient ways to dispose of a dead body. Don't ask me how I know that!