I have a minor in psychology, but I still felt completely unprepared for the ins and outs of my villain’s mindset. I wanted to create someone a little different than your typical Voldemort or Professor Umbridge–where the reader has absolutely no empathy with him/her and where you wish they would leap off the edge of a cliff in a blazing inferno of anguish. And all the people rejoice.
I wanted instead to create a character that once had a decent beginning, someone with whom the reader could identify, maybe even have shared a cup of coffee with at some point earlier in their career. Someone who, had things gone just a little differently, might have ended up the protagonist (here’s looking at you, Mr. Rochester). 😉
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