Tuesday, August 7, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Katey Hawthorne

Katey Hawthorne is a psuedonym for KV Taylor. Under this name, she's written her Superpowered Love series, starting with Equilibrium, and most recently the first book in her Elementals series. She's here today to talk about super powers. Give her a warm welcome! :D


The Hotness

So there's this question that everyone asks: if you could have any superpower ever, what would it be? You don't have to know anything about comic books--the typical realm of superpowered folk--to realize that there are tons and tons of ways to answer this question. What someone says, and their reason for saying it (very important to include the "please show your work" portion of the question there) can tell you a lot about them.

I'd totally want to be able to set things on fire with my brain.

Now, it's a really good thing I can't, because I'm kind of temperamental and probably would've gotten into trouble as a child. But that might explain a lot about what I write. There are three possible superpowers in my current series-that-is-not-really-a-series. To put it simply: hot-thermals can heat things up/set them on fire, cold-thermals can cool things off/freeze them, and electricals produce and throw--yep, electricity. That last one works a little different, but that's about all anyone needs to know.*

You'd think I'd decide who gets what power based on what the story needs, or maybe some authorial whim, but no. That'd be way too easy. Instead, it's their personality that tells me. You know when you try to name a character and then you start writing, but for some reason it's not working? And then you change their name and click? Yeah, it makes no sense, but it's like that. It has to feel like them.

To use a familiar example, Buffy just did a fabulous review of Equilibrium, in which the narrator is a hot-thermal. Hansen can set you on fire with his brain. Luckily, he's pretty level-headed and a bit of a smarty-pants (just ask him), but he gets super intense when someone sets him off. He's a little bit like a furnace--you can't necessarily see it from the outside, but when he gets worked up, it's there in his eyes and, hopefully, in his narrative. (For the former, you'd have to read Sam's PoV--which is there in the freebie shorts from the series. Sam digs it.)

Speaking of Sam, he's electrical--and has pretty bad control. He's kind of erratic, emotionally speaking, and occasionally lost. He's also prone to massive bursts of protectiveness, affection, and the odd bout of jealousy that leave him wilting in their wake. I think that's why electricity felt so right for him. If I'd tried to make him a cold-thermal, I can't even imagine who he'd be.

Their powers shape them, and they shape their powers, is what I'm trying to say. Speedsters are usually mouthy, arrogant jerks (hey, it's hard to be patient when everyone's so slooooow), wizards are usually bookish and socially awkward (lots of reading and spell memorization), and people throwing around fire tend to be pretty passionate.

Of course, that's why it's even more fun to have a character with superpowers who defies those expectations... but that's another story for another time.

*For the scientifically inclined, we have more. Loads more.


About the Author
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction and superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in the D.C. Metro Area. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.

Find her here.

Equilibrium Available Now!

Econ student Hansen Marks has been hot for Sam MacLeod since they first bonded over their secret superpowers--literally hot, since Hansen can produce fire from thin air. But soccer star Sam was always covered in girls, so Hansen kept his attraction in the closet and convinced himself that "best friends" was better than nothing.

When Sam's electrical powers freak out in public, Hansen has a sinking feeling they've been spotted by unfriendly eyes. While dealing with the fallout, Sam's emotional dependency on Hansen forces their mutual attraction to the surface. Even after they give in, Hansen is afraid to admit he's in love. Sam doesn't really like guys, he's just feeling vulnerable...right?

Just as their nights are heating up, it becomes clear Sam's electrical explosion was seen, and now someone has it in for both of them. They'll have to save each other, both from the haters and from their own fears, if they want to maintain equilibrium.

***Interested in Katey's Superpowered Love series? She's offering up an e-copy of any book in the series. Enter via the Rafflecopter below!***

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    1. Love it!


      I'm a huuuuuuge Nightcrawler fan, yeah. :D