Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience.
Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice, you begin to realize that some of the things you'd like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't, or couldn't, do.
But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true: every character is the hero of his own story. Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him. It's fun to give these people voices.
The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful. They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller. They're active, and most of the common virtues, the signs of a good person, are not.
I do like to explore evil characters in my books.
I don't have dry seasons, because I don't allow them.
Much of what we do in life has a huge component of luck.
If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something - a character sketch, a monologue, a description of some sight, or even just a list of ideas.
Being comfortable isn't the way to learn to expand your abilities.
I don't consciously do anything to maintain a unique voice.
I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade, because I loved it.
What I look for in any character, good or bad, is whether I can hear him speak. If I can imagine him that clearly, then I can write about him.
When I write a book, I'm making it the best book I can.
Yes, in my books I do edit myself to keep from becoming the Village Explainer.
All writers are mimics, and I'm not interested in picking up somebody else's style or voice.
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