Imaginative Wacky Funfest: Featuring Montiere

My ups and downs with Montiere, like a bizarre love story, have been touched upon in this blog.

The first thing I figured out about Montiere was his ideology. He believed that humans were inherently unequal, and that the beautiful should inherit the Earth; All else can be taught, beauty can't. He believes that only the beautiful should be vampires, and when Mabel's City takes place, the Wednesday Club and his vampiric cult are now the only vampires in North America.

But then a friend pointed out that maybe I was stuck on Montiere because I hadn't worked out what this guy looked like. And, of course, he had to be one hell of a looker, but different from Salieri. My launching point was Classical and Renaissance statues, especially the David. Then he came to embody a stillness, a character that believed in his ideals so much and he was so powerful that he would never be shaken.

I wasted a lot of time brainstorming Montiere's past trying to figure him out. (Young writers: that never works, by the way.)

I have been playfully asked if there was an actor out there to play Montiere. I haven't seen him.

Montiere is one those characters... When I was working on the first draft, I finally wrapped my head around him in the last chapters. My editor asked me what he really wanted, and then wryly remarked that in the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings we know exactly who the villain is and what he wants. I paused for a moment, and then, I knew what Montiere wanted.  I don't think Montiere is the same as Sauron, but in that moment, I dreamt big for my villain.

That's a little important for an epic.

While Salieri is one man and described in detail, Montiere is bigger than one man. (Of course he is a man, but... You get the point.) There's no portrait, no actor picture... He is himself. Montiere is a mix of colors and sounds and our what our subconscious gives us when we read his name. 

I'll probably never live up to the Montiere of my imagination.