We love our heroes and heroines, but a well-constructed villain is a truly beautiful thing. Not only do they provide the central conflict of the book, but they can create conflict within us. They can make us think doing something terrible for a very good reason is an admirable thing. They make us question our own beliefs. They might even haunt our dreams.Read More
When people talk about their favorite books, they often mention that the author created a great world. When creating a world in your book or series – whether it is an alien planet or a small town in Wyoming – everyone knows the big things you have to include. We think about the history of a place and the mythology or religion that informs the belief system there. We know there is a government of some sort, law enforcement, and certain rules that everyone lives by.
So how do you take it further? How do you create a world that readers want to come back to over and over again?Read More