Why do people do evil things? Is it because evil is done to them? I struggled with this in my novel IN THE SEVENTH DAY. I didn’t have a single event that made Kevin Hillar act as he does until my edit today.
This afternoon while listening to a text-to-speech software program read my novel awkwardly out loud, I worked an event into the novel – a horrific moment in Kevin’s childhood that adds some understanding – I trust – as to why he is how he is, especially how he is with women.