You won’t believe how simple and FREE creating an authors website can be!

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In the past, an author’s personal website was the holy grail of finding information on our most beloved writers and storytellers. From book tours to correct reading order, to a mailing address where you could send fanatical letters and wail about the death of your favorite characters. Like a brick house we built with our bare hands, they were our personal spaces, our platforms through which we reached our readers. But, with the rise of blogging and social media, the authors website is slowly fading into antiquity. Or is it? Times are constantly changing and with it comes a flux of new technology and social platforms that overwrite the old. If you’re a millennial like me you no doubt witnessed the death of MySpace and the rise of Facebook and Twitter. But, who’s to say that in ten years these popular sites will still be around? Having a Facebook “like” page and a booming twitter account are fine, but in the case that Facebook nosedives at any time in the future, having your own platform that’s controlled solely by you may be your only saving grace. I can already hear you screaming at me, “But websites are expensive! I can’t afford that!” and “I don’t know how to code a website! I can’t be in control of something I know nothing about!” Relax friends and colleagues, I’m here to provide a comprehensive guide on building a simple website that you can operate without entirely on your own. Follow along and in three simple steps, you will have your own FREE platform that no one can take from you, not even the Facebook banning police. I know we’ve all had our run in with those jerks. Here we go!

STEP ONE: Choosing a host website

A.C. GreenleeThere are many platforms that allow you to host your website with a custom domain name, which is what we’ll be using here so that you completely “own” your website. The host I think is the best and personally use is Tumblr.com. Tumblr is a blogging website that allows users to create their own blogs and seamlessly share content from millions of users all around the world. This both allows authors to find and interact with new and prospective fans while simultaneously keeping their blog or website fresh with new content. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you already have an email address. If not, I highly recommend Gmail for all your emailing needs. Grab your email and navigate to http://www.tumblr.com and create an account. Account creation is extremely simple. Simply enter your email address, password and select a username. I suggest creating a username that in some way correlates to what you’re trying to accomplish.  AuthorJenineHadwick is perfectly fine as apposed to PrincessPonyGlitterBootyShorts. I’m serious, tumblr usernames get pretty rediculous. Now, open up a new tab and get ready for step two.

STEP TWO: Acquiring a domain name

Head over to http://www.dot.tk/. This is your domain provider.A.C. Greenlee Website Creation Guide A domain provider, in a nutshell, is a computer network server where your website will be hosted 24 hours a day, seven days a week without disruption. Essentially, your personal computer, the one you’re using right now could act as a host for your website. With a few apps and minor HTML and coding knowledge, you really wouldn’t need a domain provider at all. Except for the fact that your computer isn’t turned on and connected to tA.C. Greenlee Website Guidehe internet all day every day and your internet connection probably wouldn’t have the strength to support all the people flocking to your website. Domain names usually range in price from $10 a month to over $100 a year for a .com domain. But, with the dot.tk website, you will be
provided with a .tk domain name completely free of charge. Yes, COMPLETELY free. The only catch is that you have to renew your domain name every year. But, for a free website, that doesn’t seem too daunting now does it? Head over to http://www.dot.tk and pick your domain name. Now, this will be the NAME of your website, the name through which users will find you. For example, my website is http://www.acgreenlee.com. I opted to pay for a .com domain name for personal reasons but, notice how simple the web address is. Your domain name could be anything from FamousAuthorHeather.tk to HankHillSellsPropane.tk. Just make sure it’s exactly what you want and something you won’t regret choosing later. After checking that your domain is available, proceed to the signup process.

Configuration:

  1. Select Use DNS.
  2. For the IP address slots, enter the IP from Tumblr (66.6.44.4) in both slots.
  3. Select 12 Months from the drop down menu.
  4. Enter the CAPTCHA.
  5. Complete registration.

Head back over to tumblr:

  1. Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of your Dashboard.
  2. Click the blog you’d like to update on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the pencil to the right of the username section and enable “Use a custom domain.”
  4. Enter your domain (e.g. mywebsite.tk).
  5. Click “Test your domain.”
  6. Correct problems if the test finds any, and click “Test your domain” until the test is successful.
  7. Hit “Save.”

If you navigate to your username.tumblr.com blog and it tells you that theres a problem, don’t panic, this is a good thing! It means tumblr is pointing correctly to your domain name and all there’s left to do is wait until all the mechanical stuff updates iteslf. Now lets move onto step three, the fun part!

STEP THREE: Customization

The thing I love most about tumblr is how easily customized it is, even if you have no knowledge of coding. After you’ve beaten your website into shape and you have your AuthorsWebsite.tk website set up and tested, head back to tumblr and go Blog Settings and Edit Theme. You can choose from a million free (and paid if you’re about that life) themes to make your websiteScreen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.04.09 PM look however you want. By uploading a header image and profile picture, most themes will give you an entirely personalized website at the push of a button. For even more personalization, hit Edit HTML in your blog editor and get ready for your first, simple HTML coding lesson. Head over to any free tumblr theme code site (we’re going with http://kawaiilayouts.com just because I love them) and copy one of their free theme codes. Head back over to the Edit HTML section of your tumblr editor, select the HTML that’s already there, hit paste, update preview and TADA. Completely new website with the click of a button.

With your new website you’ll be able to truly build an authors platform independent of any social media sites personal fate. And, in the case that something happens to tumblr, there are quite literally a million different alternatives to hosting, and your domain provider dot.tk even has its own page builder if you ever want to cut your ties to a host all together. You can have your cake and eat it to by using social media in conjuncture with your personal website, extending your reach and your influence exponentially. Make them work with each other and for each other! Now that you have the foundation laid out for you, what are you still doing here? Go! Go build a website!

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A.C. Greenlee writes tailor made romance and erotic with real women in mind

Her General Knows Best: Short Erotic Fiction

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The iconic businesswoman and world renowned Surgeon CHESKA IVANOV has no time for silly whirlwind romances or sexual encounters of the casual variety. But there’s something about First General NIKLAUS REID that leaves her unable to resist the flames burning in his eyes, or the heat of his hands against her skin.

Right hand to the President of the United States Niklaus hates being ignored and when he sets out to make something his, not even the leader of the free world himself can stand in his way. Cocky, egotistical and just a bit more sure of himself than any man should be, he knows that behind Cheska’s cold demeanor and workaholic ways beats the passionate heart of a woman just waiting to be claimed.

In a battle for dominance that is guaranteed to leave them sweaty and breathless, will Cheska give in to the heat her body craves? Or will Niklaus be forced to take matters into his own hands?

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Genesis Character Introduction: Victoria Bouchard

Next on our list of character introductions is our spunky heroine, Victoria.

Adorable to look at, our heroine is a fiery little number with a potty-mouth and a penchant for getting her way, even if it means resorting to violence. Although she isn’t physically the strongest, she uses her enhanced mental prowess to overcome any obstacle she finds in her way. Now introducing, Victoria Bouchard, Kaizer’s Angel. 

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Name: Victoria Bouchard

Played by: Shin Yeong Kim/Ji Eun Lee

Age: 24

BirthdateSeptember 18th, 1990

Zodiac: Virgo exists in the mind, everything is inside. To the world, Virgo presents a calm and collected exterior, but on the inside, nervous uncontrolled energy resides. They are constantly trying to figure things out, how to improve everything; analyzing and thinking. Virgo can tire itself out without even moving! Virgo has a constant drive to improve and perfect, this can lead to extreme pickiness and finickiness. They are pure, their motives are honest, never malicious and they want to accomplish something.

General information: Since she was a small child, Victoria has always had problems with her sight, a fact which often left her ostracized by her siblings and classmates. A true daddy’s girl, her only friend and confidant growing up was her father Percy Bouchard, who doted on the girl, spending a good portion of his time making sure she felt right at home. During her teenage years, Mr. Bouchard was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and spent the remainder of his life on earth in constant suffering. Victoria blamed herself. After her father’s death, she was sent to Harlan, Iowa to attend college at Viking Lake University, where she met and fell in love with Kaizer Dresden, a brilliant albeit lazy Grim Reaper. She knows his secret, to a certain extent, and he’s forever curious about the strange mental abilities she displays.

Personality Type: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller

Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their minds to it.

Heroine Archetype: The SPUNKY KID – Gutsy and true, she is loyal to the end. She is a favorite of many writers, and for good reason. You can’t help but root for her. She’s the girl with moxie. She’s not looking to be at the top of the heap; she just wants to be in her own little niche. She’s the team player, the one who is always ready to lend a hand.

Best strengths: Intellection, Learner, badass adorable, little miss badassbadass adorable.

Worst flaws: Cannot spit it out, Anti-Hero, Innocently Insensitive.

Ego flaw: Stubbornness.

Ambitions: To graduate at the top of her class and later, help find the psychopath who’s making sashimi out of all her friends and classmates.

Internal conflict: She seems composed on the outside, but inside she struggles with the potential to do great evil in the world instead of good.

External conflict: She’s self-deprecating when it comes to her love for Kaizer. She can’t help but believe that she isn’t good enough for him.

Biggest fear: Failing. Whether it’s in life or a board game. She can’t stand to lose. Being blind, losing her sight and being ineffectivethese are the fears that haunt Victoria Bouchard.

Bio: Victoria was born in Norfolk Virginia. As a child she always dreamed of attending Harvard, or generally any Ivy League school, but quickly realized that her dream would be far from possible with her parent’s limited income. Victoria was cursed with poor eyesight as well as seemingly limitless mental abilities. She soaks up information like a human sponge, processes data like a super computer and can sometimes even hear the thoughts of the people around her.

Main Cast List:
We’ll continue our list of characters tomorrow with Mr. Ezra Dresden, the Grim Reaper Führer himself. The epitome of a powerful ‘badass’ he’s quite literally every woman’s wet dream. I think you’ll enjoy him~! Until next time!

Genesis Character Introduction: Kaizer Dresden

I promised you character introductions and who better to start with than the hero of our story himself? You’ll find a list of the main cast at the end of the post, as well as the actors/actresses portraying them. For the extended plot line and an excerpt from Genesis, follow the link below. Enjoy~!

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Name: Kaizer Dresden
Race: Grim Reaper
Played by: Tao Huang
Age: 24 (Appearance) 72 (Actual Age)
BirthdateOctober 25th
Zodiac: Scorpios are very deep, intense people, there is always more than meets the eye. They present a cool, detached and unemotional air to the world, yet lying underneath is tremendous power, extreme strength, intense passion, a strong will and a persistent drive.
General information: The youngest son of the Guardian Realm’s prestigious Dresden family. He was exiled to Harlan Iowa after blacking out and going on a rampage that resulted in the murder of several mortals before their time was up. Since then, he has taken up communications at Viking Lake University to pass the time and has developed a deep relationship with the mortal woman Victoria Bouchard.
Personality Type: ENTJ – The Executive Assertive and outspoken – they are driven to lead. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Intelligent and well-informed, they usually excel at public speaking. They value knowledge and competence, and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization.
Hero Archetype: The BAD BOY- Dangerous to know, he walks on the wild side. This is the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter and volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also charismatic and street smart.
Best strength: Strong, Reliable, Protective
Ego flaw: Impatience.
Ambitions: To get back into his family’s good graces, to prove to his eldest brother Ezra that he’s competent and capable of handling business. Finding a way out of his ‘relationship’ with Victoria without hurting her (*Good luck). Later, to stop the psychotic killer trudging through Harlan murdering all the humans, his friends included.
Motive: At one point he is ruled by power and familial duty, but as the story unfolds, he realizes through the help of his brother Zain, that his loyalty to the woman he loves is ultimately more important.
Internal conflict: He’s constantly torn between wanting to do something great, and wanting to do absolutely nothing at all.
External conflict: He’s having a hard time balancing his love for Victoria with his fear of losing her.
Biggest fear: Losing someone close to him, most importantly, Victoria.
Bio: Being the youngest of fifteen, he’s spent his life being overlooked in favor of his powerful elder siblings, so naturally he’s learned not to ask for much. He’s lazy, and would much rather spend his time watching horror movies on Netflix and binge eating pizza than saving the world. He was exiled to the mortal realm as punishment and currently resides there, still ‘grounded’. At the end of the day, Kaizer just wants someplace–and someone–he can call his own, without fear of losing it to his family or the Guardian’s who rule his home world.
Main Cast List:
Kaizer Dresden – Tao Huang
Up next, we’ll meet Victoria Bouchard, our lovely heroine! See you soon!

Introducing…Adelaide Reagan (REVENANT)

 

"Heroine of the story Revenant."
“Heroine of the story Revenant.”

 

Basic Statistics

Name: Adelaide Reagan

Nickname: Addie

Meaning of name: Noble kind; of the noble sort

Origin of name: Germanic

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Blood type: Blood Type A:

Positive Traits: Conservative, introverted, reserved, patient, punctual and inclined to be perfectionists.

Worst Traits: Obsessive, stubborn, self conscious and uptight.

Referred to as ‘farmers’ in some descriptions, Type A’s are said to be considerate of others and loyal to a fault. They can also be secretive and reluctant to share their feelings. Apparently they don’t hold their liquor well, either.

 

Astrological sign: Virgo

Chinese zodiac: Dragon (Born 1988)

Element: Earth

Nationality: English

Ethnicity: English/Scottish

Race/Species: Witch

Sexual Orientation: Straight

Current status (marital/dating): …..It’s complicated.

Political Party: Democratic

Police/Criminal/Legal record: Arrested once for the suspected murder of a Vampire (Marcus of the Leviticus) Was later released.

Social class as a child: Poor

Social class as an adult: Upper middle class

Birth date: 10/02/1988

Birth place: London England

Current residence: London England

Occupation: Police officer

Title/Rank: Special Operative

Hobbies/Pastimes: Gardening

Talents/Skills/Powers: She’s a witch. She’s skilled in all things magical.

 

Past History

Hometown: London

First Memory: Learning from her headmaster that her foster parents died in a car crash. She was eight years old when this happened.

Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: Learning how to cast a spell. Without her magic she wouldn’t be able to fight.

Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: The day she graduated from the police academy. Being an officer of the law helped shape her into the woman she is today.

Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: Being unable to stop Nolan from ‘abusing’ her. Even though she’s petite she’s used to being able to take an ass whipping and deal one out just as hard, she’s viewed as a very strong person despite her size and knowing she’d been unable to stop Nolan kills her inside every single day.

Biggest role model and why: PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799)

American patriot credited with the famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

 

He stood up for what he believed in, even at the cost of his life.

Biggest disillusions from childhood: She learned that the world isnt what it seems at a very young age.

Backstory: Adelaide and her younger sister Alicia where abandoned at birth, given to a loving foster family who doted on the witches like their own flesh and blood. Just around Adelaide’s eight birthday,after having attended ‘Charm School’ for a little over a year she was informed that her foster parents died in a car crash while on their way to visit her. Adelaide, despite the tragedy, went on to raise her sister on her own and eventually joined the police academy. Graduating top of her class she became a police officer and later an SPPO agent (Supernatural Police Protection Officer). Under this title she completed ‘Black Op’ missions for government officials and even the Queen of England herself. Some years later she met Nolan Norvakov, a werewolf who not only became her partner on the force but her lover. Nolan turned out to be working for a demon lord and had sought out the little witch to steal her soul and sell it in order to gain the power of black magic. Devastated after a tragic gang rape Adelaide shut down completely, quitting her beloved job and becoming reclusive as she awaits the demon lord who has six months before he comes to collect on the deal he made with Nolan.

 

Physical Characteristics

Height: 5’0

Weight: 109 lbs

Posture: Straight

Build: Petite

Skin: Pale

Hair: Blonde

Widow’s peak: No.

Ears: …Regular?

Eyes: Sky blue

Nose: …Regular/

Mouth/Lips/Teeth: Pert lips, a rosy mouth and straight white teeth

Face shape: Heart shaped

Expressions: She…has them? Wtf

Describe their smile: Smug when she wants it to be, but very pretty when she’s actually smiling

Hands: Small.

Feet: Small.

Glasses/Contacts: She wears reading glasses at times because she’s slightly nearsighted.

Tatoos/Scars: No tattoos but she has a scar on her left ankle from tearing her Achilles tendon (an old track and field injury from high school) And a scar on her left hip where she was clawed by a werewolf.

Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Left handed

Distinguishing features: She looks like a little blonde cherub, but she’s trigger happy as hell.

Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: Both. She has her mother’s face and her father’s blonde hair.

Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Shabby

How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Casual clothes.

Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: A whole lot of wife beaters.

Jewelry and/or other accessories: She wears a ring on her right hand bearing a sapphire, her birthstone and the color of her eyes.

Weapons: Any gun she can get her hands on, she can fire. She’s very fond of the Mossberg .12 gauge pump shotgun and the .45 ruger.

Health: Generally healthy just screwed up mentally

Hygiene: Very hygienic

Physical Flaws: She’s short.

Physical Qualities: …What?

 

Other Characteristics

Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Balanced

Describe their mannerisms/poses/movement: She’s very fluid

Describe their walk: Poised

Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: She’s obsessed with the law and everyone following it.

Speech patterns: She has a slight English accent which she tries her best to hide

Unique phrases: None

Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: She tries not to but sometimes it slips

Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): “You’re not just going to sit here and let yourself rot away Adelaide!”

“What business of it is yours Alicia?”

“You’re my sister! It’s my job to tell you when you’re being stupid and uh, newsflash stupid you’re being STUPID!”

“Stop shouting you’ll wake the neighbors.”

Describe their voice: Soft, musical

Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc): Light sleeper

Describe their eating patterns/diet (What do they eat, how do they eat, how often, are they picky, high, low, or average metabolism): She’s surprisingly not really picky.

Describe their house/dwelling: Small, well kept, lots of potted plants.

Describe their bedroom: Clean. One bed, two nightstands, a dresser and no personal memorabilia.

Describe their daily rituals: Get up, shower, eat, read, garden, go back to bed.

 

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Intelligence level: Very high. She excels in all things intellectual.

Known languages: English, German, Gaelic

Long-term goals/desires in life: Pre rape: be the best cop she can be. Post rape: to spend her last six months in solitude before she goes to hell.

Short-term goals/desires in life: Paint the kitchen.

How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Casual clothes.

How self-confident is s/he?: She’s usually very self confident

How do they express themselves?: Calmly until she’s really pissed off then shes an explosion of violence

Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: She’s only ever submissive with those she truly loves.

Describe their level of patience: She doesn’t have much of it.

Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: A combination but mostly logic

Most at ease when: Alone, reading or gardening

Ill at ease when: Around werewolves.

If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Justice

If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Wrath

Greatest fear: Being raped again or taken advantage of in anyway

Other fears/phobias: Small dark places, large groups of people including werewolves

 

Likes/Dislikes

Likes: Food, gardening, reading

Favorite…:

Color: Sapphire

Clothing: Basketball shorts

Place and why: Her bedroom, because it’s her sanctuary

Room in the house and why: …^^^^

Food/drink: Chinese food and Coke

Music genre: Dark Wave

Song and Singer/Band: Evanescence, Halestorm, Amy Lee, Lzzy Hale.

Movie/Tv Show/Performance: Casablanca

Actor/Performer: George Clooney

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Historical figure: Queen Mary of Scots

Subject in school: Mathematics

Animal: Cats

Least favorite…:

Clothing: Skirts. Anything frilly.

Place: Anywhere near a werewolf bar

Food/drink: Spatzel

Music genre: Pop

Subject in school: History

 

Misc

What if…:

…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A Cat, because a cat can never truly be ‘owned’.

…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: …Beat the hell out of rapists and child abusers.

…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: She’d be a crumbling greek column, once a strong unmovable structure reduced to ashes.

…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: They’d annoy the shit out of each other until they finally gave up and just got along.

…s/he became physically handicapped? What would they do?: Wait for her life to end

…s/he were placed in a new and unfamiliar environment/country/planet/etc? What would they do?: Seek out law enforcement and help them settle the chaos in their world.

…s/he was proposed to (if they haven’t been already)? What would they do?: Cry.

…s/he had a child (if they don’t already)? What would they do and how would it affect them?: She would be the most loving parent ever.

What song best fits this character?: The A Team by Ed Sheeran

If you could choose an actor/voice actor for this character, who would it be?: Gemma Ward

New Character! Introducing…Mephistopheles

"Mephy is too adorable for words."
“Mephy is too adorable for words.”

Basic Statistics
Name: Mephistopheles
Nickname: Mephy (Given to him by Mallory and he HATES it)
Meaning of name: The Devil, The Dark One
Origin of name: Hebrew
Age: Just over six thousand, looks about seven or eight and acts like it too.
Gender: Male
Blood type: A+
Astrological sign: Leo
Chinese zodiac: Rat
Element: Fire
Nationality: –
Ethnicity: –
Race/Species: Demon
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Police/Criminal/Legal record: As long as he is old
Birth date: August 1
Birth place: Hell
Current residence: Hell
Occupation: Son of Lucifer
Title/Rank: Prince

Past History
Backstory: Mephistopheles is the only child of Lilith and the only legitimate son of Lucifer. The heir to his father’s throne and the prince of all demons, he’s royalty and he acts like it. He wants to be served hand over foot at all possible times and won’t hesitate to disembowel those who anger him. Has gone through a record of three thousand four hundred and twelve nannies, all demons, who all met with unfortunate ends. By his nine hundredth year of life, his parents just gave up choosing a governess for the boy.

Physical Characteristics
Height: 4’11
Weight: 90 LBS
Posture: He’s very small but his posture is perfect.
Build: Thin, gangly.
Skin: Pale
Hair: Black
Widow’s peak: Yes.
Ears: Pointed
Eyes: Blue or Black depending on his mood.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: Both, equally.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): He’ll wear anything but prefers to dress like a British School Boy.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Clumsy.
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: He’s obsessed with the screams of his victims. His mother even taped a few and plays them as a lullaby when he’s falling asleep.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: He hasn’t learned to curse…yet.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He’s highly intelligent for the age he looks.
Known languages: Omnilingual, like all demons.
Long-term goals/desires in life: Take his fathers place.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Murder all the humans he can before daddy comes to collect him.
Secret desires: To murder his mother.

Misc
What if…:
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A playful kitten
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Be even more adorable, and even more dangerous.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A blade, he’s very sharp and even deadlier.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: Murder them.
What song best fits this character?: Natural Born Killer by Avenged Sevenfold.