Most of the protagonists I create aren't squeaky-clean; they've got, by and large, enough baggage to cause a 747 to hit the trees. Despite all this, all of them have a basic morality that they cling to through all their travails. Maybe it's a sign of my weakness as a writer that I don't create a completely amoral character around which the story's centred, but I just can't shake off my own ethics when typing away. Don't get me wrong - writing bad guys is fun, but only when they've been designated in my mind as Bad Guys. It's probably quite limiting, but it's also a matter of personal preference – I can't get emotionally invested in characters I don't feel deserve to exist. Are all your heroes good people? If not, how far down the scale do they have to slide before you feel they deserve everything they get? Does an author's morality even have a place in a work of imaginative fiction?