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June 9, 2016

What Makes a Super Hero Super --- Guest Post by Tracy Deebs

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Like many of us, author Tracy Deebs grew up idolizing superheroes. As an adult, Deebs used these pop culture stars to enhance her fun writing style. In her thoughtful blog, Deebs discusses the heroes who most influenced her writing today. Her vivid descriptions of Wonder Woman's knee-high red boots and golden lasso demonstrate the importance of costume and style --- it's all about the details! Her love of bad boys like Batman and strong, independent women like Wonder Woman gives us a glimpse at the types of superheroes readers are introduced to in her exciting Hero Agenda series, co-written with Tera Lynn Childs

Who are your favorite superheroes from pop culture?

Oh my gosh, this is such a hard question for me to answer because there are so many superheroes that I love! As the mom of three boys and an action movie fan in my own right, there are very few superhero movies/TV shows/comic books that I’m not familiar with. But if I had to choose my favorites, I’d go old school DC and pick Wonder Woman and Batman.

To be honest, I don’t have any deep reasoning behind picking Wonder Woman, except that I have loved her since I was four years old. I love everything about her --- her invisible jet, her golden lasso of truth, her bullet deflecting bracelets and, of course, her kick-ass red boots!!! I also love that she doesn’t need a man to help her get the job done. She is more than capable of doing whatever needs to be done, all on her own.

When I was little and the "Wonder Woman" TV show was still on, I used to dress up in my Wonder Woman underroos (which are exactly what they sound like, to those of you who have never heard of them before), tie a variety of shoelaces together into a multi colored lasso, and slip into my own pair of knee high red boots (my mom understood the importance of looking good while saving the world, obviously), and then I’d run around the neighborhood fighting crime (well, mostly lassoing the neighbor boys, but whatever). I lived in multiple pairs of those underroos --- and later my Wonder Woman bathing suit --- for nearly two years, and those are still some of my fondest childhood memories.

Batman is another personal favorite of mine, but my love for him is grounded a lot more in my love of bad boys than it is in any desire to dress like a bat. As a college English professor, one of my favorite lessons to teach is that of the villain-hero --- the main character in Romantic literature who believes he’s done something so unforgivable that he must be punished for it the rest of his life. Bruce Wayne believes it’s his fault that his parents were murdered, and he spends years running from that fact, until he comes back to Gotham and realizes his neglect has led the city down a dark, dark path. Determined to fix this latest sin, he becomes Batman, the perfect Promethean villain-hero. But even as he struggles to save Gotham, he lives in the shadows and the darkness --- tortured, brooding and very, very sexy --- unwilling to believe that he deserves to live in the light.

In POWERLESS and RELENTLESS, Tera and I combined our love of kickass female superheroes with our love of tortured bad boys who are only as good as they need to be, and out came a cast of characters that we just adore --- and that I hope you will like as well!!!!