Saturday Afternoon: How to Create Horror Characters Readers Love to Hate
Heather Graham (mod)
I'm not sure what I'll say on this one (other than to insist they strike the word horror from the title -- there's no such thing as a "horror character"). As I think about it, I realize the weird thing is that I'm resistant to the idea of readers hating any of my characters. I have antagonists, sure, villains, but when I'm writing it out, I don't think about readers hating them, I just think about what those characters' goals are and what they will do to achieve them. Maybe that's what I'll talk about.
Also, I'm psyched to be on a panel with Mort Castle, who has been my role model and unofficial mentor ever since I started writing seriously back in 2000. And like Mort, I know Adam Niswander from back in my DarkTales days. Kim Paffenroth I've only met online, and Heather Graham has been successfully publishing romantic suspense novels for at least two decades now (I remember stocking her novels when I owned my own bookstore, Tell-Tale Books, back in 1997-99), so it'll be nice to finally meet both of them in person.
Then, also on Saturday I think, F. Paul Wilson will be leading a roundtable discussion with my writing group, Who Wants Cake. I don't know why he chose us, exactly, except that he knows at least half of us personally and I guess we're an inspirational story, having something like 20 books published between us. I just hope we don't bore everyone with all our jibber-jabber about workshops and critiquing methods!