Romancing the Villain! The appeal of Bad Boys…
What is it about the appeal of Bad Boys? A strange thing happened while writing Rowena and the Dark Lord… I appear to have fallen for my villain.
Yes, Thane is the hero, and Rowena is smitten with him, as she should be. But her literary creator has become more and more enamoured with bad boy Cedric – the villain of the piece. Cedric is determined to have Rowena to himself, and he will stop at nothing to get her, including selling his soul to Lucifer. Cedric messes with the black arts.
Cedric can mess with me anytime.
How the heck did this happen? I set out to write a funny and sexy adventure, with good guys, bad guys and spunky heroines. Love that Rowena. She’s everything I would like to be. Clever, beautiful, sexy… a bit daring, but with a strong moral compass. Thane is a terrific match for her; strong, smart, loyal, handsome, and the King to boot. Arch enemy of Cedric of course.
I wanted to make the story rich with characters, so I worked hard to make my villain three-dimensional. He has thoughts, moods, desires just like anyone else. And maybe even some good traits. It’s hard not to be moved by a guy who will risk his life for you.
Something about that Cedric pulls me. He’s not as good-looking as Thane. He probably isn’t as smart. His morals are questionable – maybe nonexistent. But he is cunning. He is dynamic. He is never, ever boring.
Cedric is the typical bad boy.
What it is about men who don’t fit the typical hero mode, but ‘bother’ us, somehow? That’s how Rowena puts it. “I didn’t like his looks – they bothered me.” I’ll say they did. Rowena was rocked to the core! You see, I know that feeling. I’ve felt it myself…
Cedric has long red-gold hair. His eyes are green, and they have an eerie glow when he uses magic. He’s tall, broad and thoroughly masculine, with bands of muscles on his arms. And he draws her like a moth to fire…
Exciting, that’s the word. The bad boys in our past made us feel like we were alive. Living on the edge has its attractions.
So Thane may be the ideal man for Rowena, and for many women. But Cedric will always be there, in the back of her mind, tempting…promising something that will take her beyond the ordinary, something delicious, enticing…
Damn, that’s attractive. I can’t kill him off.
Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and 4 novels. She has won 6 awards for fiction. www.melodiecampbell.com
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