Book: y1 by Sherrie Cronincategories: Book, Shapeshifting, Fire Dancing, Sailing, South Pacific, Gay Fiction, Pharmaceuticals, Wealth, Murder, Boot Camps, Corporations, Happiness, Superhero
Sherrie Croninabout this book: What if you are capable of far more than you realize? I started playing with this question years ago, fueled by my love of superheroes and of speculative fiction of all kinds. My idea was that ordinary people might each have extraordinary powers within them that would be a function of their own personalities and their unique needs.
From this I began to craft a series of stories about a family with five very different individuals. Three of these five novels are finished now and y1 is the second in this collection of stand alone tales of the adventures of a regular person who is pushed to discover their own particular strengths.
The main character in y1 is loosely inspired by my son. Zane is a wannabe super hero who teaches himself as a child to alter his appearance. Fascinated by chameleons and his own exceptional fine muscle control, as he grows into adulthood he understands why he needs to be able blend in better than most. He is gay. He is very, very smart. And he attends public school in Texas. As Zane sits bored in class, he hones his skills.
Good thing. For as a young man, Zane will find that the real world is all too full of monsters for him to fight, including some who work at his pharmaceutical company and others who would control the lives of the friends he finally makes.
This is the story of a child who once swore to protect all of the odd people in the world. Now, he discovers as an adult that pretty much everyone is odd and quite a few of them could really use his help. In y1 he learns to push all of his abilities to their limits as he tries to keep his childhood promise.
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