WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS - Writing Great Villains




Thursday, January 16 at 7PM


Writing Great Villains

On the Third Floor of BookPeople





The word "relatability" gets thrown around a lot in discussions of great characters, but the most memorable characters in a lot of novels, films, and TV shows are the villains. Imagine Les Miserable without Inspector Javert, The Wire without Omar or Stringer Bell, Star Wars without Darth Vader. Some of these may be more relatable than others, but their appeal lies in something other than their nearness to some aspect in ourselves. In this panel discussion, authors will discuss their favorite villains in literature and strategies for making their own literary baddies as wonderfully bad as possible.


James L. Haley is an award-winning historian and author of numerous books on Texas and Western history, as well as several works of fiction, including The Buffalo War, which has been in print for thirty-nine years and remains the definitive history of the final war of the Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Indians against Anglo domination; the multiple award winning biography Sam Houston; and Wolf: The Lives of Jack London; among others. Haley’s work has garnered many awards, including two Spur Awards (2002 and 2011) from the Western Writers of America. A Darker Sea is the second thrilling installment in his new nineteenth-century American naval fiction series.


P. J. Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn't work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own. She's the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who's stuck in middle school. When not writing, P. J. spends time practicing kung fu, fixing things around the house, and solving Rubik's cubes.


James Wade is an award-winning fiction author with twenty short stories published in various literary journals and magazines. His first novel, All Things Left Wild, will be released June 16, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing. James spent five years as a journalist, before serving as a legislative director at the Texas State Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session. He also worked as a lobbyist on behalf of water conservation in Texas.or of American Short Fiction literary journal and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

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