The Not-So-Secret Origin of Me
There aren’t many female writers in the super hero genre. I mean, I’ve seen a handful of them on Amazon, and obviously there’s Cheyanne and me in the PCS, but overall? The world of super hero novels is a man’s world. This is the part where I start singing about “It wouldn’t mean much without a woman or a girl,” right? Well, I would, but then I’d have to record it and it would be way too much effort. Besides, we’re writers. We’re all behind a screen of white racking our brains to figure out what happens next. What gender you are in that position doesn’t matter one bit.
Well, it almost doesn’t.
Your gender, your background, what you believe, who and what you are, all of it goes into your writing sooner or later. It also has a say in what you choose to write in the first place. That’s why I’m here at the moment, to tell you how I became a female super hero.
Let’s roll back the clock to my childhood. I was the youngest kid in my family, my two older brothers were six and eight years older than I was. That means I grew up on Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd while the kids in my class were listening to boybands. (I still remember partying in the front room with my brother and my mom with Free Bird blaring as loud as it could get.) I watched Transformers and X-men while other girls were watching My Little Ponies, watched way too many action movies with Van Damme and Seagal and even saw every single Rocky movie ever made–far too many times. I was, put bluntly, a tomboy.
Remember how I said I watched X-men? I didn’t just watch it. I woke up in the early hours of the day to pad silently into the front room and record it every Saturday morning, so my brothers could watch it later. (Yes, this was before DVR.) I was in love with Gambit, adored Beast and Wolverine, and hated Cyclops. I still hate Cyclops. I have yet to see a version of him that I like.
Fast forward to high school and college. That’s when I read a novel about Superman dying and watched X-men Evolution obsessively. It’s also where I picked up my B.A. in English with an emphasis on writing and started up a short lived webcomic with my best friend. It was a sci-fi story that I wrote about a group of genetically altered super soldiers who tried to purge the human race of halfbreed aliens, and got taken out by one. It was pretty fun to write, but what matters in this part is the best friend. After we gave up on the webcomic we kept the forum and started our own little roleplays, stories about whatever came to mind, really. Like this one day I went, “Hey, let’s do a story about super hero kids! They can be twins, and their dad… let’s make him a super villain!”
Sound familiar? It should, at least to those of you that read Cape High. We never finished it, one thing or another came up, or we got distracted, I don’t really remember, but I always wondered how it would have ended. Regardless, I shoved it to the back of my mind and started focusing on writing full length novels. The big stuff. We’re talking over 100k words long. I wrote, and wrote, and when I had finished my final epic novel, I sat there.
Stared at the computer.
Wondered if I was done for good.
Then decided I would try one last thing before declaring myself done as a writer. I sent a quick email to my best friend, asking for permission to use the roleplay idea we’d had all those years back for YA books. Yes, young adult books. I wanted to write a YA series with characters that teenage girls (and boys, if they wanted to read) would enjoy, and I wanted to see how the story ended. So here’s the big reveal, guys, feel free to stare at me in shock, or laugh, either is fine.
I didn’t even realize there WAS a Super hero genre in writing until after I’d put up the first book, much less that it was such a bustling community. So I can’t really go on about how I’m going to prove that a female writer can make it in a male dominated genre, or about how I set out to change things up–nope, I stumbled in. It was pretty much a shock, and it took me a few stories to acquaint myself with the genre that I had apparently been writing. But I liked it. I’m really enjoying this series, and I’m really enjoying this community. I’ve been welcomed into the PCS and the readers’ hearts freely, and because of that I’m working hard to bring my S class game to the plate.
Because I’m a super hero.