Bet you were starting to think I'd forgotten, huh? I didn't though, just been busy. So now it's time to introduce the bad guys, or at least one of them. Every story needs a villain and some take more than one. In To Keep a Star you will meet a few different bad guys all part of the same organization: the Skotathi.
Skotathi is a Greek word meaning darkness. That is the goal of this group. They steal the light from stars as this will then gain them control over any planets orbiting that star. It's the classic take over the world scheme, but a little darker (pardon the pun). They're not happy with one world or simply making things hard for a certain group. Life on these planets becomes exceedingly difficult and, in some cases, impossible. And as soon as they have the light of one star in their grasp, they are immediately looking for the next star to capture.
Unlike a select few of the Keepers, such as Electra, the Skotathi do not have immortality. Perhaps that's part of why they're so interested in the stars in the first place. There will be a few members of the Skotathi in the book, but the one who is perhaps the most chilling is their leader, Dr. Thaddeus Craven III. Okay, yes, I'm playing to the naming cliche among bad guys. Why? Because sometimes you need a bad guy who is obvious from the beginning. Think of Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent. Dr. Craven is that kind of obvious, just plain evil, bad guy. From the very first moment you meet him, you just know something is off.
And, he's good at what he does. Dr. Craven is the master of false sympathy. He knows exactly how to play your weaknesses or your vanities against you. He is suave and debonair, immaculately dressed and perfectly groomed. While aging, probably in his late forties/early fifties (and no, to my dear friends in this age group, I do not think you are old), he is still very handsome, though his features lack any warmth. He has spent his life pursuing the Keepers, making his "day job" as a professor of astronomy with his personal expertise lying in the phenomena around star death.
There will be other villains along the way, but to reveal them all would definitely take away from the story. So, this is your next little tidbit. Tomorrow I'll introduce you to one more hero and then it will be Camp NaNoWriMo!
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius