By Angela Misri­, author of Jewel of the Thames

Who are your favourite fictional villains? I’ll bet that they share some common traits and I’ll further up the ante in saying that their creators are as careful about developing their villains as they are in developing their heroines. Your villain needs to have more than the goal of committing the crime – they need motivation, they need the ability and most of all, they need a back story of their own. Here is how I write compelling (mysterious) villains.

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Amgela MisriAngela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. Her first book Jewel of the Thames, was published by Fierce Ink Press in March 2014 and is the first in a series called A Portia Adams Adventure.

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