First review + Writing the characters
Welcome to the latest update!
Before I get started, I have to let you know the first review of The Murder Club has come in via indiecomix.net - so go read it first, then come back here :)
It's a great review that mentions one of the issues I had when writing the book, namely making the main characters deliberately unlikeable and unrelatable. As I describe on the campaign page, both Lisa and Tom have psychopathic personality disorder, so they lack empathy and have no problem talking about potentially killing someone as if it was a casual conversation.
Now, the rule of writing a story is that the reader has to be able to identify at least in part with one of the major characters. In this case, most people aren't psychopaths, so this is unlikely. So how was I going to get the reader care about these characters?
Lisa is the main protagonist, even though to begin with she is quite passive (it's Tom who sets things in motion). She, like Tom, has psychopathic tendencies, but while Tom has recognised this in himself and fully embraces it, Lisa only suspects herself and can't know for sure. Don't worry - I'm not spoiling anything here, this all comes out in the first few pages!
The reader can see that although they are as intelligent as each other, Tom is far more self-assured and in control. In Useless Deaths you will see a part of Lisa's home life that will hopefully explain the reasons behind their differences.
In future volumes (listen to me - I haven't even finished Vol #1 yet!) I intend to delve further into the backgrounds of both these teenagers, to really see what makes them the way they are, and you can make that happen by pledging today!