Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet My Villain Blog Hop! (+ GIVEAWAY!)

I'm taking part in the Meet My Villain blog hop! Put together by the lovely Erin Latimer and Kyra Nelson (two members of my amazing writing group!), this is a great way to get psyched for Halloween and--let's be honest--who doesn't love a good villain?

I've been pretty sick of the project I'm revising (will revisions never end???), so I figured I'd do the villain of my forthcoming NaNo novel. It's great, because I've been doing character studies all day, so this is just another way to get to know my villain! To hear more methods for preparing for NaNoWriMo, be sure to tune in on Sunday with the WordNerds, where we'll be chatting it up preparedness-style.

1) What is the name of your villain?
Riddhi Mallick

2) What motivates him/her?
Riddhi is so complex, and that's one of the reasons I was so drawn to her (she was the first character who came to me really clearly, with obvious motivations). Her major motivation is love for her daughter, but it gets so twisted that you have to wonder is it all love for her daughter? Or is there a part of her that really does love killing?

3) What is the villain’s relationship with the main character?
She's Devya's mother!

4) What is one thing your villain is afraid of? What is their weakness?
Riddhi is terrified of her daughter becoming what everyone else is afraid of (a murderer). Because of this, she herself has become exactly what the people fear.

5) What is their greatest strength?
She's pretty much fearless, family weaknesses aside. She's able to do whatever she thinks is necessary to keep her loved ones safe.

6) Does your villain have any romantic entanglements?
Riddhi is happily married, which makes you wonder... Does her husband know that he's married to a serial killer?

7) List one random fact about your villain.
I heard about the world's most prolific female serial killer, Elizabeth Báthory, on Twitter I think (?). I was instantly fascinated by her, and read all that I could about her. She seemed like the perfect villain for a world that I had already been thinking up. When I tried to think of what would motivate a person to commit the kinds of atrocities that Báthory committed, the idea for Riddhi took shape quicker than I could write down all of my ideas!

8) Tag, you're it!
If you're reading this, then you are tagged! Link to your villain post in the comments, and I'll get a list going below this for everyone who wants to read more but doesn't want to surf the comments. I also want to especially call out any of the WordNerds who have active blogs and haven't participated yet! :)

The Darkling is another one of those deliciously fascinating villains that we all love to hate... So I'm giving away a SIGNED paperback copy of SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! (US/Canada only)

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And don't forget to check out Kyra's and Erin's posts to see what they're giving away!