- Villain should have the same chance of winning and their goal should be for the greater good.
- The adversary must be one individual. It can be one person who embodies all that is wrong in society, but must be one individual.
- Need to know villain’s motivation to write a compelling villain.
- Just as heroes have archetypes so too do villains.
- Recommended reading: 45 Master Characters
One of the highlights of Killer Nashville is their mock crime scene. This one was set up in the parking garage. They put an amazing amount of energy into constructing a crime scene and allowing people to figure out what happened. It’s a mini-murder mystery game within the conference.
I attended Rick Helms workshop on Exploring the Criminal Mind. He gave a detailed overview of forensic psychology. Some of his most interesting points included:
- More women attempt suicide but more men die when they do it. Women tend toward methods that have time to reverse it (cut wrists or taking pills) while men tend to take faster route of hanging or shooting self.
- The LCP–life course persistent offender has antisocial behavior across his lifespan and situations.
- The AL is the adolescent limited offender with temporary beahior during teen years that stops in early adulthood. The AL tends to commit crimes until he knows he’s criminally culpable then he stops.
LynDee, Gretchen and I took a long lunch and headed out to Jack’s BBQ on Broadway. I had the brisket with green beans and coleslaw. Yum.
We went over to Ryman Auditorium for a quick tour.
Enjoyed the Minnie Pearl display.
LynDee and me on the main staircase.
Afterwards, we cabbed back to the hotel making a few pitstops. One included Starbucks. I told the barista my name was “Kour, well Kourtney with a K like the Kardashian, except I’m older. So bitch stole my name.”
The barista erupted into laughter and gave me a free coffee.
Back at the hotel, I headed to Anne Perry‘s talk with Clay Stafford on how she writes 3 books in a year.
Some of the best takeaways from Anne’s talk were:
- The key to making it happen are: time management, organizational skills, and discipline. And figure out what theme you care about and want to make the story about.
- You need to determine what story fits your theme–time, place and setting.
- Conflict is key. All sorts of conflict. Battle with self must be in the story.
- Need character to want something for a reason. And you have to know and understand them.
- Write a detailed outline before drafting. You can work out plot points and build story skeleton here.
That evening I went to the guest of honor dinner and award banquet with Gretchen. We ended the night with drinks in the lobby.
The next morning I was up early for my 8:30 panel on cross genre fiction. I got to sit beside the brilliant Chris Holm who did his best to put me at ease on my first panel ever. Karen McCollough was our panel leader and Alex Hughes sat beside her. Alex and Chris were both finalists for the Silver Falchion Award and lent so much insight to the discussion.
I got to be on a second panel with these amazing YA and MG authors! Rae Ann Parker organized our panel on Writing for the Tween, Teen, and YA Market perfectly and gave each author their moment to shine. I’m definitely going to check out Julie Ann Lindsey, Helen Chapman and Rae Ann Parker’s books. Fabulous authors!
I had a signing afterwards and signed several books. It was awesome to chat with fellow authors. I also found a book trailer designer who I am now working with. It’s amazing the connections you make when you are open to them.