But in my latest book, “His Heroic Lies”, it’s going so much easier. I had a bit of trouble with Alexandra’s first scene, but the antagonist, Zorei, almost feels like he simply stepped into the book, whole and fully formed. It’s like Alexandra’s an actress who took a scene or two to fully get in character, whereas Zorei is starring as himself.
I really enjoy writing him. His dignity, intelligence, and air of quiet, patient resignation practically carry him through the scenes. He’s unusual for a villain, and there’s just something about calm, elegant, intellectual, polite antagonists that always draws me to them and usually places them among my favorites.
(Hello, Itachi Uchiha and Scorpius)