My Secret Supers Series has an unusual cast of characters - regular college kids, Earth aliens with superpowers and quirky animals, and vicious villains. You may wonder how I came up with the idea for these stories.
Several lines of thought led to this story and its sequels. I have always had a sneaking fondness for comic book superhero/ine stories and one or two reviewers have accused me of a comic book style. People say you should write what you know. So the main characters are students at Goldman University in Atalanta, which I envisioned as a sunnier southern Gotham City. Many of the scenes occur in or near Atlanta where I live. Most of my students are unaware of my fictional creations, although some of the professors have read a couple of my novels. Then, I had a vision of people flying through space on different animals. If you have read the intriguing book, Star Rider by Doris Piserchia, the influence of her animal steeds will be obvious. Hence, ordinary Estelle Wright is transformed into Super Starrella and can talk with her snarky winged mare, Rockette.
Super Starrella follows the adventures of seventeen-year-old Estelle Wright when she is transformed into a superhero in her freshman year at college. The story opens with a crime scene and a serial killer. Estelle must solve the mystery of the killer(s) and discover her fellow supers, while pursuing her biology major and a couple of romantic entanglements. There is a HFN. All my stories leave the main characters in a happy place, although possibly temporary.
The books in the Secret Supers Series are set firmly in contemporary Earth with the authorities stymied by weird killers and hi-tech hackers. In future books, I hope to take the characters on a series of adventures, throwing different villains at Atalanta or other locations. It is not as simple as I had first imagined, however, since I have to describe aliens living among us, various superpowers and animal companions as well as researching police procedures for homicides.
I wanted a romance and created a wobbly triangle of Estelle and two attractive men with their own secret agendas. It’s not difficult to guess the one she prefers, but they have a tortuous road to their happy ending. Imagine a hunky biker with the tattoo of a cat leaping up his biceps and several layers of secrets. At the start of the story, Estelle Wright is seventeen. In a month, she will begin her studies as a freshman at Goldman University. Originally, I had planned a young adult series, and Estelle has her eighteenth birthday on a climatic day of the story. The first book has a sweet romance. But, my brainy superheroes at college can’t escape their emotions. In the next two books, their romance takes a dive and then heats up (teaser or spoiler?). Of course, they will contend with elusive villains and mysterious aliens in Atalanta, and across the Atlantic in famous Oxenford University, UK.
Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in the skies of Atalanta.
The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.
Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Captain Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans.
Young adult superheroes, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. Book 1 of the Secret Supers.