I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for supernatural novel “Brothers in Arms”. The guest post talks about superhumans. It definitely sounds interesting. Enjoy!
I grew up reading comics. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around lying with my cousin in a dusty attic or under a tent we had set up for backyard sleepovers poring over our favorite titles. We read them all, DC and Marvel, from the most well-known titles to obscure books that had belonged to our fathers or uncles and that we would have never known about if we hadn’t dug all the way to the bottom of the box.
In the day time, we wore capes and enacted our own adventures, and even wrote our own comics, though they nearly always ended up being parodies of what we perceived as a world that was very much good vs. evil, one extreme to the other. It was all very simple – you were either a superhero or a supervillain.
Having grown up fascinated by this world, it’s only natural that it seeped back into my writing. Coming with it, a bit unexpectedly, was that unease that I had always felt toward it, even as a child: human beings can’t be this simple. No one is good, or evil; everyone is the sum of their experiences, and good and evil are, most often, just a matter of perspective. Above all, everyone tries to do what they think is best, no matter how ill-advised it might seem to others. This is why I tend to use the term “superhuman” rather than “superhero”; “human” is the operative part of the word, and not every human with a superpower would necessarily fall into this binary world of good or evil.
The Family By Choice series, of which Brothers In Arms is the second book, was the ideal opportunity for me to explore this idea. The main character, Alex, is as flawed as they come – he’s a man who wears the fresh scars of a heavy past, and he works for a criminal organization. At first glance, he has all the makings of a supervillain, but he is the hero of the story. He is not heroic in any classic definition of the term; he is a deeply conflicted person, trying to protect the ones he loves, having a hard time keeping up with a life of crime he chose out of necessity, years ago.
Alex has been called an “anti-hero” by a lot, because he is flawed; but he does in fact have many heroic qualities. He is generous and altruistic, even though he can be quite abrasive; he is courageous and takes charge of things when they get difficult, although he believes he only does it because he has no choice; he is intelligent and strong-willed, although he doesn’t believe it because of his self-esteem problems.
But that’s what being human is all about: imperfection. Human beings are full of contradictions. They have highs and lows, they have qualities as well as flaws, they have good parts and bad parts. There is no such thing as perfect, and when you think about it, there really can’t be any such thing, because we are all different; what would be perfect for someone would not be for someone else.
Author/researcher Brené Brown said it best: “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”
Brothers in Arms
Author: Caroline Frechette
Am I losing my mind, or my power? Right now, I’m not sure which would be worse.
A little over a year after the events of Blood Relations, Alex Winters is doing well, with a relatively comfortable home life with his girlfriend and baby. Although his position as underboss for the Lupino group is starting to weigh on him, he truly thinks the most difficult times of his life are behind him. When he is approached by GenEx, and discovers that there are others with special abilities like him, he finds out just how wrong he is.
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Caroline Fréchette is a sequential artist and author. She has published several short stories, both sequential and traditional, as well as two graphic novels, all on the French Canadian and European markets. She was the editor and director for the French Canadian literary magazine Histoires à boire debout, and works in a library. She has been teaching creative writing since 2005, and manages the writing page Ice Cream for Zombies.
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/icecreamforzombies
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6752827.Caroline_Frechette
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/carolinefrechette
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