Alright, y'all. I'll admit. When it comes to making villains for my books, I'm not exactly the best. Let's take a stroll down memory lane for a bit.
First up, in Where the Clouds Catch Fire, we have Konar the Mad. My 13-year-old self decided that the best way to portray this villain was to make him an evil, psychopathic warlord with no regard for human life. Did I pull it off? Probably not. But I'm pretty sure that the rest of the book makes up for it.
Next up, Where I Stand. At first glance, you might think that the villain is Nokkvi Hrodolfson, the soon-to-be Chief of Darsidia. But you're wrong. It's Alva, the little old doctor lady who, if I were smart, would have made a cameo in Where the Clouds Catch Fire. Fortunately, though, I really do think she's a better villain than Konar. She's in five or six scenes, while Konar is only in two. And besides, she actually has a decent, quasi-logical motivation. Konar kills and otherwise harms people simply because he can. Alva, albeit misguidedly, is trying to protect future generations from another Konar.
But Book 3...I'm looking forward to the villain in Book 3.
The main villain in Book 3 earns the nickname of Grima. You might recognize the name from Lord of the Rings, and I can almost assure you that J.R.R. Tolkien and I drew inspiration from the same place. Grima or grimr or something like that (Norse is a weird language) means "mask," "shadow," or "phantom."
And my Grima is all three. First off, this person wears a mask. His mask is actually a sock--a Viking sock, which is more like an Ace bandage. They're called winningas and were used by some soldiers in World War I, if you'd like to research them on your own time. (On a related note, did you know that some Vikings had socks built into their pants? That's right--Vikings walked around in footsie pajamas. Don't seem so tough now, do they?)
Mask, Check. Shadow. Check. The first time Grima is spotted, it's by (spoiler alert for Where I Stand) Tarin McNeil--who thinks he's just seen a ghost. Grima is always able to disappear on a moment's notice and never leaves tracks.
Oh, and he's an excellent archer. He could shoot a fly off a rotten apple at fifty yards.
But the best thing about Grima, in my opinion, is that he's not what he seems to be. I can't get into more detail without spoiling Book 3, but trust me. You'll like it. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Grima is my best and most complex villain yet.
I hooked you. I'm sorry. Book 3 won't be available until...2022? Maybe? Anyway, until then, let me know if you liked Konar or Alva better as a villain in the comments below. God bless you, dear readers, and Happy New Year!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.