I want to Welcome Cari Z and Riptide Publishing to Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends today. Cari has a Guest Post where she talks about Villains in her books she is also letting a lucky reader help her choose a name for a character in an upcoming Panopolis book.
A Guest Post by Cari Z:
In Where There’s Smoke, the part of Villain was mostly played by The Mad Bombardier, Edward’s love interest. There were other villainous characters that didn’t use the title, but the Bombardier was my archetype. In Where There’s Fire, though, I knew I’d need to expand the cast of characters. I mean, there’s Villains and then there’s VILLAINS, people who wake up in the morning consumed with a desire for coffee with a double shot of menace poured in to give it a kick. I needed a new contrast for Edward, since he’s vying to become a genuine Villain in this story. His boyfriend wasn’t going to cut it anymore; after all, they’re a team. The couple that plans break-ins together stays together.
So, new Villains needed. This part of writing in the Panopolis universe is honestly one of my favorites, because pretty much everything is on the table. Tentacle beasts? Yeah, why not? Plastic surgery gone deliberately, horribly wrong? Mmm, I like it. Shadowy corporations intent on dominating the Super contingent of the population with the help of questionable science and dubious ethics? A little abstract, but absolutely. They were all fun, but for my main antagonist I wanted someone special. Someone really, memorably creepy.
I’m not a huge horror movie fan, because I tend to get carried away in the heat of the moment and start screaming things like, “Oh my god, are you fucking kidding me, don’t go up those stairs YOU MORON!” I love horrifying things, though, and horrifying characters. So I sat down and thumbed through my mental rolodex of comics, graphic novels, animated movies (don’t underestimate the horrificness of some children’s entertainment) and thought about the creepiest aspects of my favorite characters. Then I thought about the needs of my plot, and the idea for my Big Bad coalesced into the disgusting glory that is Maggot. Yeah, Maggot, let that seep in for a moment.
Making a name for myself as a Villain in Panopolis is hard work. Six months ago, my boyfriend broke me out of jail. Now he’s spending most of his time defending our turf against other Villains he accidentally freed along with me. And my new psychic powers are not only impossible to control, but they’re also giving me migraines.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. My skills are improving every day, and Raul—aka the Mad Bombardier—and I have never been happier. That is, until my first solo job is interrupted by a mysterious woman who tells me that Raul has been kidnapped by a ruthless new Villain. The only way to free him is to do a job for Maggot, a man with scary ideas and an even scarier superpower.
I can’t go to the cops or a Hero for help. Odds are they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. If I fail, Raul will be killed. If I succeed, we’ll both be bound to a man who’ll stop at nothing to put Panopolis on the path to civil war.
It looks like the only way to win is to take out the competition.
The Social Links:
Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.
Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.
Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.
The winner of the Where There’s Fire blog tour will work with Cari to name a character in the next Panopolis novella! Comment on this blog tour to enter in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 18. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries.
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Blog Tour: Where There’s Fire (Panopolis #2) by Cari Z. was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by GGR-Review