So Skye @ Ink Castles tagged me for this ages ago. I was quite excited until the black hole of college swallowed my life for an unholy amount of time. But now that I've been released from my exile in the academic void [thank God for spring break], I've not forgotten!
1) How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you. . . feel any remorse about this? I'm concerned about you.
I don't tend to kill my characters as often as one might think. I prefer to keep them alive for further suffering.
2) Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family, friends, and pets?
Personal torture is always the most painful and touching way to die. So beautiful.
But, when an opportune scenario presents itself, I'm not one to shy away simply because I have a better, grandiose plan in my head that could later be foiled. Take the chance when it comes, dearie.
3) Are you more like Loki who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or. . . give me a minute. . . Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his. . . fake head, whilst destroying the world.
I have to admit, some days, the clever plans of mass destruction are just so beautiful, I do shed an internal tear or two.
4) What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer?
5) What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semi-sweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable.
Anything but white. White is for the good wizards. Evil dragon writers eat real chocolate.
Chocolate milk is good [I can be an evil child mastermind if I want]. Also, chocolate cheesecake [a sophisticated evil child mastermind].
6) What is your villainous title? You may not have "Evil Overlord" because that one is mine.
I like to go under the radar. Strike when nobody's looking and disappear without a clue. They never know who or what hit them. Titles have never been my forte. . . in any aspect.
7) Which one of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?
But I don't have to. I hold all the strings.
8) Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight like Moriarty? Give me details!
I prefer a low key look.
9) How do you react when you kill off a character who is dear to you? Do you laugh evilly out loud? Do you chuckle under your breath and quickly glance around for your next victim? Do you go weep in the corner like you just lost your best friend? Or do you just shrug indifferently?
I move on in life . . . and sketch out blueprints for a barricade in case future readers seek revenge.
10) If you had to chose a fictional character (from books, movies, etc.) to sum up your villainous style as an evil writer, who would it be? Why?
I could say President Snow. Because he narrows down a target, obsesses over it, and destroys everything it loves.
I could say Loki. Because he disappears into the void and then returns with amazing plans for mass manipulation, but the other characters have their own ideas. . .
He also stands on the fence and will help either villain or hero depending on his current mood.
11) Do you believe in killing off main characters, or are they your smol precious babies whom you can't even fathom laying a hand (or a steel-tipped ax) upon? (#whimpyevilwriter)
Story trumps all. Even protagonists.
12) Have you ever chickened out of your evilness and tried to resurrect a fallen character who you have already brutally murdered? Or do you-- as they say-- let the sleeping skeleton life?
What makes you think that resurrecting a character back into the world of my imagination's making is an act of mercy?
12) When murdering a character, do you often describe it in cringe-worthy detail, or do you prefer to say "SPLAT! He's dead," and be done with it? (Bonus Question: have you ever actually said, "SPLAT! He's dead" in one of your writing projects?)
Hm, depends in what way I want to manipulate the readers' emotions. Different characters and situations call for different deaths.
What about you? Let me know in the comments, or even better, steal the tag!