GUEST POST: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
And when I wasn’t pretending to be a super hero, I was crushing on one. My girlish heart thumped regularly over Peter Parker, Bruce Banner (when he wasn’t green), and Clark Kent. It seemed perfectly reasonable to idolize men like this. If I couldn’t be extraordinary myself, an extraordinary love interest was the next best thing, right?
So it’s no surprise that I ended up writing a novel about mankind evolving into a species with powerful skills. I had no end of fun choosing the ones my characters would have. And it was inevitable that my personal favorites found their way into the story. Here are my top three:
Telekinesis: This is probably at the top of the list for many, and it’s definitely my all-time favorite. There’s really nothing cooler than being able to move objects with your mind. Telekinesis can take many forms, but I gave Willow the ability to move just about any inorganic matter in her vicinity. I also tied it to her emotions, which will force her to mature in order to control it. Watch out, Core citizens, because this young lady is going to be unstoppable.
Enhanced Marksmanship: I could definitely have used this ability when learning to shoot BB and pellet guns on the farm. If you’ve never fired a gun, let me tell you, it’s not easy lining up sights. So I gave Aspen the skill for enhanced marksmanship. You don't want to be staring down the business end of anything this boy is holding. He can hit any target he aims at, with any weapon, and that’s one reason he’s so confident.
Pyrokinesis: My love for the ability to create and manipulate flame started with Marvel’s Angelica Jones and became a true fascination after reading Firestarter by Stephen King. Seriously, how awesome is it to be able to roast your mortal enemies like marshmallows? This amazing skill went to Duncan, a guard in Willow’s security detail. It’s the reason for his phoenix tattoo and actually caused him a great deal of childhood trauma (something I hope to expand on later in the series).
So there you have it. Three fabulous abilities, three unsuspecting characters trying to control them. One thing I tried to keep in mind was the dark side of having a special power. The whole “with great power comes great responsibility” thing really is true. Remember that the next time you fall into a vat of toxic waste.
In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.
Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?
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C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue.
A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.
Writing stories and posting on The INFJ Café are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.
Her debut novel, Gambit, is the first in a Young Adult dystopian series.
Find out more at cldenault.com, twitter or facebook.