Guest Post: The villains of ES Siren
The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes guest blogger Shona Husk, who is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn, the Face the Music and the new ES Siren Series. Today, she share with us the challenges of keeping villians consistent throughout the course of the ES Siren series.
Take it away Shona!
The villains of ES Siren
Writing a 9 book series with three author is no easy task, especially when each set of three forms its own mini trilogy (as well as each book standing alone and with its own hero and heroine). Keeping the world building straight was one thing, but keeping a villain consistent over three books was something else…
Villains are interesting characters because they have to believe that they are the hero of their own story otherwise they can come off rather flat. Like any character they need motive. We had two human villains in ES Siren the delightful Lieutenant Andrew Zane and the driven Nadia Kajewski.
But as in life the villains, or obstacles aren’t always human, so we also had the classic conflict of character against nature, which on Siren was a micrometeoroid shower. You can’t write a story set in space without looking at the dangers. Again though, we had to keep the impact consistent and ramping up through each book of the trilogy.
The first three books (Yours to Uncover, Yours to Command and Yours to Desire) feature our nasty villain, Lieutenant Andrew Zane. He worked well as our evil antagonist because he looked so baby faced and normal, yet beneath it all he was hungry for power and control. Being a lieutenant meant he wielded a fair amount of authority, but he hadn’t earned it in any way. He hadn’t worked hard for his army stripes, his family’s wealth and power had guaranteed it.
Keeping Zane in character wasn’t too arduous because one of his biggest flaws was his ego. Every heroine in the first three books was aware of it, and they’d all been hurt by him in some way. Using sex meth was one of his most despicable ploys to get what he wanted from women. He is one of those men who makes a person’s skin crawl and makes them hope like hell he gets what is coming to him. I’m happy to say that karma catches up with him big time in book 3 – trust me, you’ll have to read about it!
For the second trilogy (Mine to Hold, Mine to Keep and Mine to Serve) the characters were scrambling to stay alive after a micrometeoroid shower hit the three ships in the fleet. One ship was crippled. With no help coming and in the middle of nowhere we had to rescue people and patch up ES Siren.
It can be tricky to put in the sexy times when there is the threat of death….however the threat of death can often make people do thing that they wouldn’t usually because there is nothing left to risk.
The villain of the last three books (Ours to Embrace, Ours to Share and Ours to Save) really does believe she’s the heroine of her own story. That’s because she’s a genuine fanatic, though she wouldn’t see it that way, of course. Nadia Kajewski is completely convinced that everything she does is for the greater good of humanity. Anyone who disagrees is swept aside – often permanently!
Nadia is interesting because she doesn’t conform to common ideas of what a fanatic should be. There are no wild eyes or flowing beards. She’s middle-aged and even a bit frumpy. She abhors vulgarity and bad language and takes no joy in violence. On the other hand, she commits numerous murders without turning a hair. For her, the deaths of innocent bystanders are unfortunate, but they’re necessary sacrifices for the cause.
Nadia, isn’t cruel. She’s not mad or psychopathic or wicked. But she is absolutely chilling.
Conflict in a book can come from many places, both within the character and from the world around them. If the universe is throwing micro meteoroids then the characters had better be in danger—that means putting the characters in a room that is losing atmosphere and showing what happens when a ship is torn apart. A human villain must also act not only for their own purpose but against the hero. The stronger the hero the better the villain needs to be. After all it is through the villain we learn about the hero, their strengths and weaknesses and what they will do to overcome.
A villain can make or break the hero’s story.
Thanks again for sharing this with us and giving us this look into the villians of the ES Siren series.
SHONA HUSK is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn and the Face the Music Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at www.shonahusk.com, sign up to her newsletter or follow her on Twitter @ShonaHusk and Facebook www.facebook.com/shonahusk.