If you’re reading this blog, it’s probably not a surprise that I’m in the middle of writing a series about a superhero who can heal people. Break a bone? Hannah can fix it. Have a head cold? Not with Hannah around. Want a facelift, but don’t have the cash? Yeah, Hannah can handle that too. These questions formed the backbone of Blood Surfer. I call Blood Surfer a superhero romance, but it has thriller elements. Hannah is on the run throughout the entire book. There’s no time for her to stop and contemplate what her powers mean to the non-superhero community. She has to stay alive, first, and remain free, second.
I’m halfway through writing the sequel, Blood Hunter. Hannah is confronted by bigger questions. She’s not on the run this time, but the citizens of Thunder City want answers to questions Hannah has never had to think about before. Questions about when she can or should use her powers. Who should have access to her? Should she ever not heal someone?
I’m thinking about these questions, though. That’s the exciting part about writing superheroes. You can tackle all sorts of topics. In Blood Surfer, you have the tale of two cities: one that welcomes superheroes, and one that’s been manipulated through politics and demagoguery into hating superheroes. You also have a coming of age story of a young woman who’s stretching the boundaries of her abilities and not necessarily liking what she finds on the other side. She also discovers love, but soon realizes sacrifices have to be made to keep her love alive.
Blood Hunter takes these topics and goes deeper. I can’t say too much because I’m not at the end of the story yet. I know how I want this story to end, but I’m a panster not a plotter. The story unfolds as I write. I’ve tried outlines, but inevitably my story deviates so far off the outline track, that I feel making an outline wastes my time.
What I can say is that the elements you all love in Blood Surfer, A Secret Rose, and the short stories are still there. There’s lots of action, lots of love, and a love scene that will make you weep. Scott, Nik, and all the Blackwoods are present, standing with Hannah, but there’s lots of danger and new villains.
We’ll all celebrate when I write The End.