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?
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.