Writing Villains that Readers Love to Hate

Writing Villains that Readers Love to Hate

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What do Dracula, Cersei Lannister, and Erik Killmonger have in common? They're all villains that readers (and audiences) love to hate. In this OnDemand Virtual Conference session, Kristina Perez guides you through the process of developing your own compelling villains. She addresses the backstory, characterization, and worldview necessary to create a villain whom your reader may love even more than your hero. Using examples from her own work as well as classic literature and popular culture, she demonstrates effective techniques for getting readers to root for your villains. By the end of the webinar, participants will have an understanding of the requirements for a charismatic villain and tools to create their own.

Kristina/KK Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker. She is the author of the YA Fantasy Sweet Black Waves trilogy (Imprint/Macmillan), which concludes with BRIGHT RAVEN SKIES. She is also the author of THE TESLA LEGACY (Tor Teen) and THE MYTH OF MORGAN LA FEY (Palgrave Macmillan). Kristina holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she’s written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN. She currently resides in London where she is an Associate Agent at the Zeno Literary Agency, representing both fiction and nonfiction.