|BOOK 1 PSYCHIC AGENTS|
Hi, I'm Sarah Raplee, author of surprising, heart-stopping paranormal romantic suspense.
I just had an epiphany that I want to shout from the rooftops! In order to write an ongoing paranormal romance series, think like your villain. Your series villain, not your book villain (unless they are one and the same, which mine aren’t.)
In my first Psychic Agents Series book, Blindsight, I introduced two villains. The first was a powerful drug lord who had ordered the systematic kidnapping and enslaving of people with psychic Talents. He is my over-arching villain. The second was Gregory Killingsworth, the sadistic security chief in charge of the drug lord’s psychic human trafficking organization. Killingsworth possesses a Hound Talent that enables him to track other psychic’s energy. His Talent combined with his psychopathy make him the perfect villain for my Talented team of good guys to defeat.
In Blindsight, the drug lord remains mostly in the background, a shadowy figure. Killingsworth is the villain who is front and center in the middle of the action, attempting rape, torture and murder as he pursues his (and his boss’s) goals that drive the plot through the first half of the book.
Killingsworth is the villain who dies at the end of the first book. The drug lord escapes to continue to run his international crime cartel and pursue his goals. The FBI is left with more questions than answers about his evil plans.
I’ve been planning the next book for some time, but I keep getting stuck. My hero and heroine and supporting ‘good guys’ are well fleshed out. I understand what they want and why, and their strengths and weaknesses.
My epiphany is that I need to get inside the drug lord’s head to understand what nefarious schemes he will orchestrate in the next book, Sight Unseen. How directly involved will he be in the action? What villainous character will represent him throughout most of the story? How do they drive the action?
In a different series, I might have a unique ‘case’, each with a unique villain, for my heroes and heroines to tackle in each book, as Heather Graham does in her Krewe of Hunters series. (Having a villain who stands alone and somehow escapes his reckoning in book after book doesn’t appeal to my sense of justice.)
Can you think of a different scenario for handling villains in a suspense series?
Thanks for reading my post! ~Sarah Raplee
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