This week we’re discussing developing your antagonist when a love interest goes bad. ITW Members Lynn Cahoon, J.C. Lane, Terrence McCauley and Charles Atkins answer the question on everyone’s mind: Are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of the soon to be released, Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A STORY TO KILL, releasing in mass market paperback September 2016. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.
J.C. Lane is the author of TAG, YOU’RE DEAD, her first thriller. She also writes mysteries as Judy Clemens, including the Stella Crown series, the Grim Reaper mysteries, and the stand-alone LOST SONS. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and lives in Ohio.
Caleb James is a pen name for fiction/non-fiction author and psychiatrist Charles Atkins. He lives in Connecticut with his partner and too-many cats.
Terrence McCauley is an award-winning crime writer living in New York City. In 2014, he won the New Pulp Award for Best Author and Best Short Story for “A Bullet’s All it Takes”. His short stories have been featured in Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Atomic Noir, and Matt Hilton’s Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol. 1 & 2. He recently compiled Grand Central Noir, an anthology where all proceeds go directly to God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit organization in New York City. He is the author of Prohibition, Slow Burn, and the first James Hicks novel, Sympathy For The Devil.