Evil Author Tag


So, awhile ago, I got tagged to do the Evil Author Tag, by Emily M. She’s my sister-in-law’s sister. Question, does that make her my sister-in-law? 😛 Anyway, I told her I would actually do it, so here I am. Finally! (I wont’t tell you when she tagged me. :P)

1. How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.

I probably average about 1 character death per book at least. That’s not true for all my books, and some have more. *insert evil chuckle here*

2. Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?

Personal torture for sure. It’s more fun. Although I’ve never killed a pet off. Ideas….

3. Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world?

Maybe more like Loki. Although I wouldn’t say my (or Loki’s) grin is creepy. Just kind of excited to do all of the horrible, dramatic things to my characters.

4. What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer?

Apparently the end of The Wildcat of Braeton. But no spoilers.

5. What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable!

Dark! And because Christmas was so recent, I just finished off my last peppermint chocolate bark bites, which are delicious when writing all the things.

6. What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.

“Killer of hopes and dreams” probably.

7. Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?

Like doing “evil” mean things? Or just in general? If it’s in general, then all my characters would win. But if we’re talking being snarky and dramatic all at once, then probably Rhys from my current WIP, The Mountain Baron.

8. Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?

If I’m still evil in this scenario, then probably Corin, because he’s super smart and awesome, and overall a good person, and would probably defeat me within like 0.2 sec. Especially if he teamed up with Aiden.

9. Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!

Hide in plain sight. I’m usually happy and everything, which makes it funny for me when people read my books and say they cried at parts. lol!

10. How do you react when you have to kill off a character that is dear to you? Do you laugh evilly out loud? Do you chuckle under your breath and quickly glance around for your next victim? Do you go and weep in a corner for a month because you just lost a best friend? Or do you just shrug indifferently?

I’m a terrible person and kind of shrug. Although, to be honest, I’ve never killed off a character I was super close to, i.e a main character. I’m fond of all secondary characters though that have not made it, but never enough to cry. Maybe feel sad for a second or two.

11. If you had to choose a fictional villain (from book, movies, etc.) to sum up your villainous style as an evil writer, who would it be? Why?

So, Emily actually answered Regina from OUAT, and I kind of like that answer for me, so I’m stealing and using. She’s villainous and sarcastic, but has fluctuations between good and evil, so it’s a fun dynamic.

12. Do you believe in killing off main characters, or are they your smol precious babies whom you cannot even fathom laying a hand (or steel-tipped ax) upon? (#wimpyevilwriter)

I have killed off a main character in an unpublished and rather terrible at the moment novel. It shall be undergoing revisions, but I imagine the death will remain. But, no, generally I don’t touch the MC’s. Just everything and everyone around them. 😛

13. Have you ever chickened out of your evilness and tried to resurrect a fallen character whom you have already brutally murdered? Or do you–as they say–let the sleeping skeleton lie?

Apparently I can’t keep people dead. It’s basically “oh you thought this guy died years ago, but PSYCH! he’s secretly still alive”. But if they have an “on screen” death, then yeah, they stay dead.

14. When murdering a character, do you often describe it in cringe-worthy detail, or do you prefer to say “SPLAT! He’s dead”, and be done with it? (Bonus Question: have you ever actually said “SPLAT! He’s dead” in one of your writing projects?)

The cringe worthy detail is not usually the death itself, it’s everyone’s reactions to the death. Which is more fun to write, honestly. And no, I have not actually said “SPLAT! He’s dead”. 😛

So there you have it! Those of you that have read my books, do you think I’m a terrible, evil author? 😛

And if you think this tag looks fun, consider yourself tagged!

Thanks to Emily for tagging me! This was fun! 🙂

17 thoughts on “Evil Author Tag

  1. Loved this! Hello to my fellow evil writer 😉 I shall have to steal these questions and torture my audience with my horrible….horribleness. *evil laughter*

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  2. Oh, that is a fun tag. I might have to steal it. 🙂 “Killer of hopes and dreams…” <— love it!

    As for your sister-in-law question, it would depend…
    Exhibit A: You are talking about your husband's sister. Yes, she is your sister-in-law.
    Exhibit B: The sister of the girl who married your brother. No, she is not your sister-in-law, but she is your brother's sister-in-law.
    Exhibit C: The sister of your sister's husband. Nope, still not your sister-in-law, though she is the sister-in-law of your sister.

    I can't think of any other examples. But that was a fun mental exercise! LOL

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  3. Great post, Claire! Loved reading your answers! 😛 Isn’t Regina just the best? I’m pretty sure she sums me up as an author pretty well. 😉 I can’t believe how different some writers can be….or how similar they can be, haha. 😉 Anyway, once again, AWESOME POST! Loved it so much! And can’t wait to see more from you!

    Happy Writing!

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    • Thanks, Emily!
      Yes, she’s so fascinating, and hilarious, as a character!
      And so glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks again for the tag! It was super fun. And I’m writing as fast as I can! 😉


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