I wasn’t always supposed to be a writer. I knew at a very young age that my destiny was to become a princess. At the very least, I’d get my Hogwarts acceptance letter at the age of eleven and I’d set out to live a fantastically magical life and marry a hot auror.
When that didn’t happen, I decided to put my overactive imagination to good use by making my daydreams come to life through fictional characters.
Much like Drew’s story of reading a bad superhero novel, it was a bad superhero movie that inspired me to try my hand at penning my own heroic story. I remember the day very well–it was back in 2010 and I was home from work on a sick day. My miserable stuffy-nose, high-fevered self decided to watch the Spider-man trilogy marathon on TV.
About half way through the second film, the sickly cogs in my brain started churning, thinking of all the things I’d like to see in a superhero story. By the end of the third dreadful film (okay Tobey was pretty hot dressed as evil Spider-man, but still) I already had Maci Might in my mind. And thus, the incredibly insane idea that me, an author who strived to be just like Sarah Dessen by writing fun contemporary teenage love stories, decided to buckle down and write a superhero novel.
It wasn’t as easy as that. I had to find my place in the world of superhero fiction. I already had a collection of Batman T-shirts, superhero DVDs and a super awesome Avengers poster above the door in my office, but that didn’t make me qualified to write about it. So I dove back into my favorite novels: Batman: Knightfall, No Man’s Land, Batman Begins. I scoured the web, finding an invaluable resource for writers: SuperheroNation.com.
I familiarized myself with the genre and then I added my own style to it. I wrote POWERED, a superhero book with a teenage girl as a protagonist. I kept the cute boys and angsty crushes that came with my YA Contemporary background and I added in kick-ass fight scenes, evil villains, and one nearly undefeatable race of super humans.
This was my favorite part of becoming a superhero author. I got to do things my own way. The greatest reward for writing Powered has been the rejuvenation of my love for superheroes. In the years to come, I have at least a dozen superhero books to write and tons more of them to read. Unless of course, my Hogwarts letter ever arrives.