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Jennifer Lewis | Characters you love to hate

February 12, 2009

I like to blame it on the popularity of evening soap operas during my formative years, but I just adore villainous but intriguing characters. Texas Oil baron J.R. Ewing from Dallas was one of the most hated characters on television—but he was also the reason millions of people tuned in religiously for more than ten years. His cold-blooded, scheming character was originally supposed to be a small part, but he was such a hit with viewers that it wasn’t long before the whole show revolved around him. Anyone alive at the time will surely remember the angst and intrigue over the burning question: Who shot J.R.?

I’ve always wanted to write one of these odious yet absorbing characters, and with my new Hardcastle Progeny series, I finally have. The three book series revolves around billionaire tycoon Tarrant Hardcastle and his attempts to find an heir for his glittering Manhattan retail empire—by tracking down the illegitimate sons he once scorned.

Tarrant is not a nice guy.

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  • peggy February 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I can hardly wait to read your book

  • Karen H in NC February 13, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    Loved your post. So agree that it is hard to not watch the ‘bad guy’..sort of like a train wreck. You want to, but you can’t look away!

  • kim h February 15, 2009 at 6:34 am

    congrats on teh book and great reviews