Do I love superheroes? Of course. Who doesn’t love a save-the-world hero? But as a writer of romantic suspense and spy thrillers, I never expected to write a romance novel featuring a superhero. Then Tara Gelsomino, my executive editor, suggested that I had the superpower to do so.
What kind of story would I write? The proliferation of superhero graphic novels and motion pictures has broadened the genre. Today, some superhero stories remain light and fanciful, but many contemporary tales are as dark as the best noir.
I chose the light, realizing that I wanted to write a story reminiscent of the classic characters I watched on television and read about in comic books while growing up—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk. So far, so good. Then I had to take a turn, make a twist, and create a superhero romance novel. And in the end, Electromancer was born. A powerful superhero who can fly and manipulate electricity for the good of mankind.
But, what about the romance part? Superhero stories aren’t romances, are they? And then I realized, of course they are. Most superheroes have love interests and are motivated, and often conflicted, by love.
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