Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Daemonhold Curse

We want to hear about the bad guys, bad gals and villains in your book. Even if you don't have a murderer, thief or other "bad guy" there should be some negative force. The book is The Daemonhold Curse from Epress-Online… (

Who causes friction is the story?
Abstinence Daemon, half brother of the heroine Fidelity, is the source of considerable friction: he doesn’t believe in the curse that threatens her nor does he have any confidence in Erique Shoutte, who she has asked to help her.

Do you prefer bad guys or bad gals?
I prefer heroes, absolutely; though having played almost nothing but bad guys in films for thirty years, I came to realize that villains never think they are villains

How do you use your bad guys?
To counterpoint the heroes. After all, the hero must have a strong villain to overcome or his journey means little

Do you enjoy writing the bad guys or do you find it difficult?
I find it hard as they are people I would not want to spend time with in real life, and you have to spend a lot of time in their heads.

Whether you enjoy writing them or hate writing them, we'd like to know why you feel that way?
It’s the same reason I don’t like a lot of popular culture—why would you spend so much time with people you have no admiration for—unless you are sick. You should not be so interested in people like Hannibal Lecter, with the exception of how to exterminate or avoid him…

Who is your favorite bad guy in any of your books? Which bad guy and which book are they in?
I would have to say the White Tiger- the villain, in a very arch way, of my 1930’s series The Adventures of the Granite Man (from He is of the Fu Manchu School of yellow menace, though hopefully not so stereotyped or racist….
The White Tiger, attired in silk robes, would have dwarfed even the huge Hindu standing. He had dead white skin and a baldhead that seemed out of proportion to his body. The left side of his body was horribly scarred by some disaster in his turbulent past, and the scarring had been horribly accentuated by primitive tattooing that had organized the scar tissue into the semblance of a tiger’s black stripes. His right eye was a cold black diamond fixed in a mask of skin folds, seeming to defy racial type. His left eye had been replaced by a carved jade and crystal cat’s eye. And his mouth: it seemed to hold endless perfect teeth that were somehow ghastly and inhuman in their perfection. The White Tiger displayed them frequently when he tightened the sallow skin of his face into a rictus smile that threatened to rip his visage asunder. It was at those times that The White Tiger’s look reminded Papal of a grinning skull.
It was not the physical appearance of the White Tiger that filled Papal with fear, however. It was the fact that The White Tiger was the supreme head of the Triad, the criminal underworld of Hong Kong and the hundreds of thousands of expatriate Chinese throughout the world. As such he held the absolute power of life and death over a fifth of humanity.

Who is your favorite fictional bad guy -- that's not in your books?
Frankenstein’s Monster.. He was so misunderstood in the book, and tried so hard to do the right thing, yet was thwarted at every turn…

Thank you for telling us about your bad guys. We love to meet the "evil ones".

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