Best-selling author of The Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, MaryLu Tyndall writes full time and makes her home with her husband, six children, and four cats on California’s coast. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but expose Christians to their full potential in Christ. For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her website at http://www.mltyndall.com/
But how do we do portray this in a realistic way?
Give your bad character a good reason for their bad behavior. We all know this, but it is extremely important to make this reason believable and strong enough to warrant their actions
Give them at least one redeemable quality. We don’t want our readers to hate them completely!
Gradually allow them to change throughout the story by
a) forcing them into situations where they must face the consequences of their actions
b) placing people around them who model goodness and love by the power of God.
c) Have God reveal his love to them in some way they cannot mistake
In my current novel, The Red Siren, my heroine is a pirate. She dons her breeches, straps on her pistols and cutlass and scours the seas, pillaging and plundering. She has very good and believable reasons for doing what she’s doing, and in her mind, it is her only recourse—a matter of the survival of her and her sisters.