THE ISLAND by Clarissa Johal
Falling for the Antagonist
by Clarissa Johal
I fall in love with my antagonists. There, I said it. I have the worst time sending them on their way; whether it’s back to the Otherworld, or wherever they need to go. From a creative point of view, the complexities that make up an antagonist are the most fun to write. I want readers to understand them and why they do what they do. There’s even small part of me that hopes readers cheer them on.
But therein lies the challenge.
Many years ago, I attended a school of performing arts. I studied acting and dance, and always chose to audition for the role of antagonist. The director of the school tried to get me to audition for roles of the ingénue, but I wasn’t interested in those parts. It’s not that I liked being mean to my fellow actors and dancers, because I didn’t. What I enjoyed, was the challenge of getting the audience to side with the flawed and/or evil character.
And, so it goes with writing antagonists. I take great joy in making them as complex as they come. I fall in love with them. I cross my fingers my readers will love them as much as I do. Without them, there would be no conflict, no story. And when it comes to the point where they must be overcome by my protagonists, it takes me weeks to write that final scene and say good-bye, and I’ll be depressed for just as long. One of these days, my antagonist will win. I’m not sure how readers will feel about that, but we’ll see how it goes.
In THE ISLAND, there are not one, but two antagonists. And they may have met their match in Emma Keller.
by Clarissa Johal
Exploring a remote island can sometimes get you into trouble.
Especially when you stumble upon a cave and awaken two demons.
Emma Keller’s estranged grandmother has been missing for seven years. Emma journeys to her grandmother’s private island with the task of readying it for sale. Local rumors say it’s cursed, but she dismisses them as superstition. While there, she unearths a hidden cave, and is visited by two men soon after. Itu is well-spoken, though he hides his face in shadow. The other is more of a worry; with skin of alabaster, Thim’s feral presence sets her on edge. Emma discovers the island has a dark past. The two men aren’t human, but awakened demons…and they have their sights set on her.
Clarissa Johal is the author of paranormal novels, THE ISLAND, VOICES, STRUCK, and BETWEEN. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s swinging from a trapeze or taking pictures of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.
*Member of the Horror Writers Association
*Member of the Authors Guild
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