Writing a Three-Dimensional Villain

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While cooking up the storyline for The Last Mrs. Parrish, some of the most fun we had was bringing Amber Patterson, our antagonist, to life. Actors often talk about how exciting it is to play the villain — it’s also exciting to create a villain for the page. ♥

Only a few paragraphs in, it’s clear that Amber is up to no good — that her entire act is one she’s employing to get what she wants. Is she a woman who you love to hate? Yes. Is she a woman who is completely bad? No. And isn’t that what we find in life – that no one is all bad – and so the most convincing villains have a piece of good in them somewhere.

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