Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Something Wicked Blogfest! Lock your doors - the villains are here!

It came, ha ha! (said in the voice of Sid Phillips from Toy Story, if you get that reference) Today is the day I've been looking forward to all month! It's the Something Wicked Blogfest, hosting by Krista and Krista! It's not too late to join! :)

Hosts: Krista McLaughlin
           Krista Wayment

When: October 29th, 2014

Who: You, of course, and the villain of your choice.

What: The "Something Wicked" Blogfest is in honor of Halloween and the release of Krista W.'s new book in her Trusted series. Krista and I are name twins, who ironically published books at the same time, both with a character named Lainey. Sometimes I wonder if I share part of her brain... We both thought it would be fun to share about villains!

The rules are very simple - you have 400 words or less to write about a real villain, one you created in a novel, or write a flash fiction. Your villain doesn't have to be necessarily a murderer or stalker, but any anti-hero in your writing will work just fine!

Today, I'm sharing my villain from my novel, "Silent Beauty." Matt Smith. He's a bully and the guy you definitely don't root for in my novel. I'm showing a scene between him and Jared, Alanna's love interest. Since "Silent Beauty" is written from Alanna's POV, we only hear about this scene. It was great to write from Matt's POV. So, without further chatter from me - my villain. :)


Character Inspiration, Matt

Matt leaned against the bathroom wall, watching as Jared washed his hands in the sink. Jared’s backpack slipped slightly as he reached for the paper towels, but he didn’t reach to adjust it. He could see the idiot was wearing another Trek Wars t-shirt or some dumb shit like that. Matt stared at Jared’s reflection in the mirror and noted he didn’t look up. Just like it should be. A wimpy freshman pulled the bathroom door open, but quickly backed up and didn’t come in. Matt’s lips curled up.

“I hear you’re taking the deaf girl to prom.”

Jared froze. “Yes.”

Matt took a quick two-step forward and put a hand on Jared’s neck, forcing his face inches from the mirror. “You know she won’t be able to hear the music. What’s the point in dancing with someone who can’t hear?” His hot breath steamed up the glass.

Jared opened his mouth to protest, but Matt slammed his hand on top of Jared’s and squeezed it as he forced it on the edge of the sink. In a swift move, he released Jared’s neck and turned him around. His fist connected with Jared’s cheek as he tried to duck. Matt grabbed his shoulders and tried again. He punched Jared’s lower lip and split it. Jared fell to the floor and hissed in pain.
Character Inspiration, Jared

“You’ll never win her over. She has more secrets than you’ll ever know.” Matt flexed his hand and shook it, sending drops of blood flying.

Jared sat up and touched his lip. His eyes narrowed as he looked up at Matt. “Alanna is perfect the way she is and someday, she won’t take your lies and intimidation anymore. You won’t win, Matt.”

“Oh, I think I will.”

The door to the bathroom swung open. The old, haggard Mr. Turnblat stood in the doorway with the freshman wimp cowering behind him.

“Mr. Smith, report to the principal’s office at once!” He trembled as he stepped into the bathroom and helped Jared stand up.

Even the teachers feared him. Matt went to the sink to wash the blood from his hands first. As the red liquid swirled down the drain, he grinned. An idea came to mind on how to mess-up the geek’s relationship. A kiss in fairytales promised love and affection, but the one he had in mind would destroy them.


Hope you enjoyed getting this special sneak-peek! I will be visiting all of your villains today and I'll be bringing my trusty knives and invisibility cloak, just in case they threaten me. Be sure to visit everyone on the list! (If you haven't added your link, feel free to!) Krista and I will be sharing the winners on Halloween! Happy Villain Hunting!

1.Krista McLaughlin - YA Author2.Krista Wayment
3.C.M. Brown4.Cheryl - Poisoned Rose
5.dolorah6.Laura Clipson
7.A Writer's Journey 
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  1. oh wow, Matt is quite the bully. He is well drawn in this excerpt.

  2. Great excerpt! The piece drew me in and now I want more. I hope Matt gets what he deserves by the end of the story!

  3. NICE!! Now I'm really excited to read your book again :)

  4. That was so intense and wicked! I'm intrigued and excited/nervous to find out what happens next.

  5. Somehow I missed out on this blogfest (that's what I get for going BMIA - blogger missing in action). You've got a winning antagonist here. Nicely played! :)

  6. Matt is one messed up kid. The perfect villain to use Krista.

  7. Definitely villain material there! Great piece :)