Are minions/sidekicks just throwaway devices in a tale? Can they become more? Do they need to become more?
Depending on the story and the characters themselves, they can be throwaway devices, but sometimes, they go on to become much more, and I think it’s wise to allow that to happen. When The Crimson Corset was first conceived, Gretchen VanTreese herself was originally meant to be a very minor character, but as I began writing, she stole the spotlight, took over the story and moved it in a new and exciting direction. I would have missed out on some great things if I’d insisted she stay in her proper place.
To a point, yes, but human motives never change. Greed, jealousy, and revenge are always going to motivate villains, and heroes will always be motivated by things such as love, loyalty, justice, and honor. The execution of motives changes with the times, the clothing may be different, but the core of the human experience is timeless.
What now-dead author would you like to interview? What are some of the things you would chat about?
Emily Bronte. I would like to ask her about her poetry, which I love, and about writing one of the first dark romances, Wuthering Heights.
The worst job I ever had was a telemarketing job where I had to try and sell family friendly films to strangers. It took everything I had not to recommend the Omen or the Exorcist to prospective customers.
I much prefer writing because it’s personal to me. Plus, I get to write stories of my own rather than trying to sell someone else’s. Writing takes even more time and energy than any job I’ve ever had, but I believe in my work and am excited to get up every day and go to work.
More and more we see fiction being multimedia – a book, a TV show, a PC game, a graphic novel. How do you see the publishing industry evolving to handle this trend? Any plans to take your works in the multimedia realm?
As a writer, I’m not interested in creating games or writing screenplays. I like the richness of novels and wouldn’t want to veer too far from that. As for how the publishing industry might evolve to accept these new ideas … well … if the past is any indication, it will embrace the changes very, very slowly.
Who are some of your favorite book villains? Who are your favorite hero duos from the pages?
I like my villains creepy, somewhat subtle, and unforgettable. Among my favorites are Madam DeFarge from A Tale of Two Cities, The Space Cowboy from Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, and Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca. As for hero duos, I like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
I hate flying. I have flown many times and will continue to do it because a) sometimes, it’s just practical, and b) I refuse to give in to the fear, but it’s not something I enjoy at all. As for superstitions, I will admit to getting a little uneasy when a black cat crosses my path, but I’ve never made – or not made – a decision because of it.
In writing your bad guys, do you want the reader to enjoy hating on him/her, or do you want the reader to be waiting for that magical moment when they redeem themselves?
All of the above, depending on the character and the book.
Welcome to Crimson Cove
Sheltered by ancient redwoods overlooking the California coast, the cozy village of Crimson Cove has it all: sophisticated retreats, fine dining, and a notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset. It seems like a perfect place to relax and get close to nature. But not everything in Crimson Cove is natural.
When Cade Colter moves to town, he expects it to be peaceful to the point of boredom. But he quickly learns that after the sun sets and the fog rolls in, the little tourist town takes on a whole new kind of life – and death.
Darkness at the Edge of Town
Renowned for its wild parties and history of debauchery, The Crimson Corset looms on the edge of town, inviting patrons to sate their most depraved desires and slake their darkest thirsts. Proprietor Gretchen VanTreese has waited centuries to annihilate the Old World vampires on the other side of town and create a new race – a race that she alone will rule. When she realizes Cade Colter has the key that will unlock her plan, she begins laying an elaborate trap that will put everyone around him in mortal danger.
The streets are running red with blood, and as violence and murder ravage the night, Cade must face the darkest forces inside himself, and perhaps even abandon his own humanity, in order to protect what he loves.
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