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Good authors like to get into their character's heads when they're writing, much like an actor does when portraying a character on the stage or screen. It's the best way to make your characters seem real and behave spontaneously rather than assuming what they'd do next. But what happens when an author gets into the head of their villains?

I've always had a bit of a warped imagination. You'd have to, to write about torture and other such horrors. When I started writing Shadow Stalker, I wanted a villain that wasn't just evil. I wanted him to be completely psychotic, but not just for the sake of being psychotic. There had to be a purpose to it (which hasn't come out in the story yet, so I won't mention it here).

I'm not a psychotic person, though. I'm sure I'd have been locked away by now if I was. So getting into his head and trying to think like he would has been rather difficult. Since the story is written from the main character's POV, I didn't have to write for him much, but he is the emperor of a society he built from the ground up. His mentality had to show in the "world" he created around him. So in that sense, I still had to get into his head.

His psychosis is a mix of what he was born with and his experiences growing up or at least how he viewed his experiences as a deranged man. So I had to first do a bit of research to find out how a psychotic person might view the world. Then I had to put myself in his shoes. 

For a while, I could see the world as someone like that would see it, and it was a bit startling. It gave me nightmares. I have to say I was a bit tame when I started writing the story. The things that went through my head were much too horrific to share with my readers. At least to start with. I didn't want to scare people away.

Drevin is definitely an interesting character though, and one of these days, when I'm brave enough, I might write a short story or novella from his point of view. I think some of my readers would probably enjoy something like that... maybe...


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Branimir is a slave to the mighty Highborn. Unwittingly, his masters forge a copper dagger capable of destroying the Ash Tree. Drawn along on the quest to remedy the mistake of his masters, Branimir becomes the most unlikely of heroes in an inimical world of magic and mayhem.

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Auren's yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado, turns to disasters when she accidentally lets a demon from the shadow world loose on Luten Isle. She and Kado have little time to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, before it starts its killing spree. 

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“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.” 
― C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia

“I'm about to start reading it again, because what good is a story you only want to read once?” 
― Bill Willingham

“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end.” 
― George R.R. Martin

“All stories are ultimately about the fall.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fantasy fiction is essentially about the concept of power; great fantasy fiction is about people who find it at great cost or lose it tragically; mediocre fantasy fiction is about people who have it and never lose it but simply wield it.” 
― Stephen KingDanse Macabre

“Fantasy is a reaction to the constraints of reality.” 
― Stewart Stafford

 
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The War was over, the Devil Queen cast down... In the wake of the Apocalypse, veteran demonhunter Karian Vanador understands that the vigilance of her Order leaves little time for leisure. Even as one paragon of darkness is cast down, Kari knows it won't be long before another rears its head. For the Order, after all, the War never ends. With demons threatening invasion once more, Kari soon finds herself lunging headfirst into danger again.

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A world divided In a world where vampires reign supreme, humans are little more than livestock. Their sole purpose is to satisfy their masters’ appetites. A chance encounter When Draven Castle, a lowly vampire who owns no livestock, captures a runaway human child, he defies his government for the first time in a century and takes what is not his to take—her blood. 


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