I mentioned earlier that this summer I’d be working on a curriculum that has me writing a novel within a year. One year adventure novel has been on my mind as of late. It’s time to officially introduce one of my favorite characters in this story.
‹Captain Frances Pike and Millicent (I’m tending to call Milly, Millicent) © Rebecca Williams
The interview below will give you a brief but clear picture of what my antagonist looks like (motive- and personality- wise)
1. What is their motive? For Francis Pike, his motive would probably be most oriented with a leadership complex, which drives him to go to all measures to secure for himself notability and stature. His motives do increase however, but that is part of the story.
2. What are they prepared to do to get what they want? Like I said, he’ll go to all measures to feel as if he’d gotten to a place of secure governance and authority. This ties into his past
3. Are they evil to the core, or simply misunderstood? I would have to say that this man is both. I mean, a bitterness and almost desperate aim to rise up against the oppression he has felt in early life, is what has rooted itself in Francis’s soul. But he’s also a young, ambitious man, who has been misunderstood as a boy, who had to learn survival and self-sustainment at such an early age that his motives and desperate ambition is seen by diverse individuals as avarice (which it is, in many lights) and self-centeredness.
4. What was their past like? What about their childhood? Was there one defining moment that made them embrace their evil ways? Pike had a hard past. There are some who can grow and overcome their difficult circumstances. Pike had such a strong nature, yet, this strength and fortitude developed into something darker. He embraced immorality, and while possessed with fire and drive, he lacked the ethical strength to push past the bitterness that can develop after a tragic childhood. There was no defining moment . . . it was more of an over-time-development. His nature formed into one of power, and of umbrage, and of darkness.
5. Now that they’re evil, have they turned their back on everyone, or is there still someone in their life that they care for? (Brother? Daughter? Love interest? Mother? Someone who is just as evil as they are?) He has not turned his back on his mother, now dead. She is among the very few people who he cares for and loves. The other would be Millicent, the young Virginian girl he meets during the first or second year of the Civil War, who he is attracted to, and later grows to admire her conviction, vitality, and willpower. But this relationship is more than less wrapped around his mentality that tends toward assurance in his own powers to get what he wants, and when he wants it.
6. Do they like hugs? I should say not!
7. Are they plagued by something? (Nightmares? Terrible thoughts?) He will always be plagued by regret that he couldn’t have helped his mother to a better life. He blames himself for her death, though it wasn’t his fault.
8. Who are they more similar to: Gollum or Maleficent? Okay, he is definitely more like Gollum—pitiful, yet terrible, tragic, and mysterious.
9. If your villain could have their choice of transportation what would it be? I can just see Francis riding a motorcycle! With a helmet, black boots, and a black leather jacket, to match his jet-black hair!
10. If you met your villain in the street, how afraid would you be? Are they evil enough to kill their creator? I don’t think I’d really be afraid of him on normal circumstances—just meeting him on the street with not much ado about it would not be that scary. But say he was angry at me for some reason, because I’d gotten up his dander, and then I’d be terrified. No joke when Francis Pike has a reason to be enraged at you. You’d better call the police.
Well, what do you think? I’m thinking this will be one interesting project.
And one last thing: be looking for me on Facebook around June 26th! Rebecca Williams shall take one leap in the world of social networking, and shall become a Facebook member. From there my Facebook friends will be able to see the most recent posts on this blog.