So, I want to help the newcomers understand the book a little better. Note: THIS IS FOR NEW FANS.
Dark Soldier changed quite a bit from its humble beginnings, but here’s what I’ve ultimately wanted from my readers: I want to freak them out.
I want to freak them out in a way they never have been before. This coming from a non-Horror-genre book, it may bother some people. You’re going to get an antagonist that really gets under your skin. He’s not so terrifying in that he’s messed up in the brain. In fact, that’s not what I want to freak you out with. We’ve seen too many messed-up antagonists.
No, I want to freak you out with the fact that he may be, in fact, perfectly normal.
He makes sense. He isn’t that crazy. He’s just as nuts as any regular person in his situation. He calculates his plans long in advance and doesn’t do the angst thing. He cares about his wife, his family, and all those who work under him. He wakes up, brushes his teeth and gets dressed just like anyone else. And he’ll always be trying to bring you over to his side, not because he’s gathering minions, but because he thinks he’s right.
And the stranger part? The protagonist isn’t too different. They both make good and bad decisions. They both made decisions that the reader’s not going to approve of and ones that they’ll love them for. They’ll even use the exact same phrases at times. They are perhaps scarily human.
So in the end, I want to leave the reader with one question:
What makes a villain?
Give me your thoughts in the comments! And watch for the novel Dark Soldier once it gets published.