Have you ever been disturbed by one of your characters. If so, how did you handle it?
Yes, it has happened to me, though mostly in my roleplaying experience. There are certain things I don’t see myself writing in my own books, but the roleplaying with friends is more like an experimentation playground to me, so I can be more lenient in running with what the characters can do.
Yet, I found that some of my characters are darker than I first expected them. I have learned to accept the darker parts of them and it has often served the story or the universe they were in. One of my roleplaying character who has extensive abusive history will even become the main character of a trilogy I am planning in a science fiction original verse. Her material is amongst the darkest I have dabbled with but I love her character development.
I also have some compelling villains that I will bring to the forefront of some stories, although they don’t consider themselves villains and believe in what they do. Some of them scare me to be honest, but at the same time I find them fascinating.