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What would you do if you woke up with super powers?
For Bella Brown, life hasn’t gone according to plan. She’s almost thirty, still living in her uneventful hometown, and her dreams of becoming an investigative reporter have fallen by the wayside.
That is, until she wakes up one morning to find she’s been gifted with some amazing new abilities. What’s a girl to do with heightened senses, super speed and the ability to lift a truck one-handed? Bella quickly discovers that her new powers can easily help her land front-page leads at local newspaper The Hartleybourne Gazette.
Soon Bella’s out every night chasing down local criminals for stories, while keeping her powers a secret from everyone besides flatmate Chloe. But when a burglary-gone-wrong accidentally turns her into the mysterious Hartleybourne Heroine, Bella finds herself on the front page for the wrong reasons. Her secret becomes harder to keep as she tries to track down the source of her powers, and especially when crime reporter Matt Gilmore is intent on unmasking the town’s new vigilante…
Suddenly, having an extraordinary life is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.
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What would you do if you woke up with super powers?
It’s probably a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. I know I have. Watching a superhero movie perhaps, or perusing a comic filled with well-known characters in brightly-coloured costumes, kicking ass and taking names, the thought often occurs to me. If I had powers, what would I do?
How would I use them? Would I help people? Would I keep them a secret?
Of course, that would depend on just what kind of abilities I’d been gifted with. And, of course, just how I got them in the first place.
In my debut novel, She’s Bad News, Bella Brown’s life is not going entirely to plan. Single, edging ever closer to thirty, stuck in her small, boring hometown, and still doing the ‘starter’ job she thought she would leave behind when she began her life as a successful journalist, she’s beginning to feel like a failure. However, everything changes when she wakes up one morning to find that she has super powers.
Life for the seemingly ‘invisible’ Bella Brown is about to get extraordinary. Especially when her powers come in handy for a bit of career advancement. But soon she realises that leading a double life can be very tricky indeed. Not to mention dangerous.
Writing about a superheroine was a dream for me; I’ve been a big reader of comic books for a long time, especially characters like Batgirl and She-Hulk, incredible characters with their secret alter-egos and determination for keeping their cities safe. And even though it seems like being a superhero would be an amazing experience – and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to trade places with Wonder Woman? – well, what about the dangers?
One of the most enjoyable aspects of plotting and writing She’s Bad News was stepping into Bella’s shoes and placing myself into her life, figuring out just what makes her who she is, and the decisions she would likely make. Being a superheroine, her actions would ultimately define her. Working on the book made me genuinely consider just what I would do if I was to find myself gifted with amazing abilities. I had to really step into the role of a would-be superheroine, and found myself considering that ‘what if?’ question more strongly than I ever had before.
Bella’s abilities – super strength, amazing speed, heightened senses – are the result of a product she was forced to review for her ‘health’ column in the Hartleybourne Gazette. After realising that the strange new changes her body is going through aren’t due to the hangover from hell as she initially suspected, it soon becomes clear that something’s not right. That she has, in fact, woken up with super powers.
An accidental encounter with a well-known local vandal leads Bella to get a front-page story; her first real report ever at the Gazette. Naturally, it soon dawns on her that her strange new gifts can be used for a bit of career progression.
For me, this is where the book became most interesting. Because, just like Bella, I would use the abilities for my own gain. Okay, Bella and I are very different; I know that we’d disagree on many things. But as for the powers? Well, if you had a chance to get something you want…would you?
Bella’s intentions are overall good. She’s strong and ambitious, and willing to fight for what she believes in. But she also has a slight selfish streak; the years of waiting and working and trying to land the job she dreams of have seemingly in vain. Until, of course, the ability to get it suddenly lands in her lap. Is Bella an anti-hero, and if so, would I be the same?
Yes. Yes, I would.
I’m just being honest.
Being in possession of such powers would involve some tough decisions. If you chose to save people…who? And what about the dangers? The criminals rampant in the city you love waiting to harm you because they see you as a threat? The citizens and reporters just waiting for the first opportunity to reveal your true identity?
It’s fun to imagine stepping into that comic-book world, even for a day. But taking real-life possibilities into account, being a superhero would be a tough life to lead. It would take someone who’s tough and strong in many ways to take on that kind of responsibility.
But I wouldn’t say no to super speed.
All about Elle
Elle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too.
Now, Elle tends to write contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. She’s Bad News is her debut novel, and she’s just finished working on her second. Her other interests include running, wine, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.
Where to find Elle