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View from the darkside

Jane Wenham Jones reassures a writer worried she may put off publishers if she writes her psychological thriller from the villain’s POV

I’m plotting a psychological thriller with a unique twist and after looking at this story from all the different angles, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s best to tell it

from the bad guy’s point of view.

Is this a mistake? Will agents and publishers be put off by this approach? Will readers hate me if this bad guy gets caught or killed at the end?

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