Saturday, April 3, 2010

Villian Therapy with Author Heather Kuehl

When I create a villain for a book, I do it as a form of therapy. I mean, how many times have you felt horrible for something negative a person has done to you? Whether it is a coworker, family member, or a friend, I use the feelings I get to create the perfect villain.

Some of my best villains have been created during times of stress. Why? Because it’s the ultimate “teach them a lesson.” My characters can have the snappy comebacks that I didn’t have and in the end show them the error of their ways in a deadly showdown. In the mean time, the person that made me feel insignificant won’t be any the wiser (well, until now that is).

Dreashae was created twice; once when I wrote the original draft of PROMISES TO KEEP over ten years ago and again when I rewrote it for National Novel Writing Month. She was a poor example of a bad guy in the original draft and now I know why; I didn’t have anyone to be angry at. No one ticked me off, no one did anything to make me want to do “writing therapy.” But in 2006, I had a lot to be stressed out and angry about. I had just gotten married five months before, and quickly discovered that my wonderful new husband knew nothing about keeping a budget. Mix that together with stress from work and voila! Dreashae was born. It was wonderful, creating the fight scenes between Dreashae and my heroine Starlette with real anger in my heart. And by the end of the book, I felt so much better. I no longer cared about any of my problems. I felt at peace.

All because I took my anger and channeled it into my writing. A fantastic healing process that didn’t cost a dime.

Buy PROMISES TO KEEP today at or on the Eternal Press website at


Starlette is on a mission, and nothing will get in her way...

Starlette DeFore knows that her father is alive, even though her family buried him ten years ago. When a faerie confirms this she travels to Charleston, South Carolina to hunt down Sivad Night, the only person to have ever escaped from the hands of a power sorceress, the Dark Lady Dreashae. With help from a witch, Starlette travels into Verella a fantasy realm filled with dragons, centaurs, and magic. She is very close to finding her father, but first she must defeat Dreashae. Will Starlette, a mere mortal, have the strength needed to finish her quest and save her father?

Today I'm offering a free pdf of my ebook FADE TO BLACK.

About the book:
The story of when love, revenge, and the paranormal meet and clash.
Werewolf bounty hunter Sarah Vargas has only one goal in life; to kill the Were that attacked and changed her. However a slew of werecreature murders send Sarah and her partner, Jared Fontaine, on the mission of their lives, ending with a discovery about Jared’s past that might destroy them both.

Do you want to win a download of FADE TO BLACK? Just comment on this blog post. One random commenter will become the lucky winner! (contest ends April 5)


Discover a world where dragons roam the skies and vampires own the night…
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Lorrie said...

Lol. What a wonderful way to get therapy. I've killed quite a few villians in a fit of anger.

When I'm a little irate, I just "smack them upside the head."

Lovely post.
Lots of luck on the sales. You have a winner here.

Cathy M said...

Hi Heather, it's always fun to find a new author of paranormal stories, and after reading the excerpt and reviews, I would love a chance to read Fade To Black.


s7anna said...

This looks like a great read and I can't wait to check it out. I love paranormal stories and werewolves are a particular fave.


Estella said...

I love paranormal stories and love finding a new author who writes them.

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Becky said...

Heather, you are a new author to me. I like your way of therapy. Also, both, "Promises to Keep" and "Fade to Black" sound real good.

mbreakfield said...

I love werewolf stories. Please put my name in the draw.

Heather Kuehl said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. And a double thank you to Roxanne for having me on Fang-tastic Books!

Sherry said...

Fade to Black sounds like a very good story and I can't wait to read it and the cover is hot too.

Kari Thomas said...

LOVED the article Blog, Heather! Nice to know Im not the only one who creates the villian that way! LOL!

hugs, Kari Thomas

Denise said...

I love it! I know I have created a couple that way. It's nice to know that your not alone! Thanks for sharing Heather!


Rosie said...

I love all paranormals and enjoy finding new to me authors. This book looks great and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the contest

joder said...

I love discovering new paranormal authors and I like what this author offers. The storylines sound intriguing as do the excerpts.

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