Writing Superheroes: Christy Jackson

Today’s superhero is a Viking Princess! Read on and find out more…

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According to Wikipedia, ‘a superhero is a type of heroic character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena, or superhuman powers and is dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public.’ Sounds like a writer to me!

Join me as another one of these unsung superheroes invites into their personal ‘batcave’.


If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

My earliest writing efforts were horrible. I wrote fan fiction in the fourth grade based on Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books. And, being 12 years old and full of hormones, it was called Dragonlust. That’s all I’m going to say about it, and it has LONG been destroyed, thank all the gods.


All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.Christy Jackson Nicholas Author

I’m an accountant by day, is that mild-mannered enough? Boring spreadsheets by day.


Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?

My husband is a great support, as are my minions, but I don’t really have a partner in crime or a sidekick. Unless I’m at Dragoncon – then I’ve got lots!


Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?

I do get to wear it – at Dragoncon every year! It looks much like a Viking princess, with knotwork embroidered on the hems. A bit of fancy fur here and there.


Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?

 It looks like a bead shop exploded. My craft room is where I do my writing, my beading, and my digital painting, so it’s slightly schizophrenic. It has lots of books, several drawers of beads, a double-monitor computer, and a lovely view of the back yard.

What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?
Practice and reading. I love reading. What’s most frustrating right now is that I am loving a contemporary series (Dresden Files) but cannot apply all the lovely pop references and modern snark in my own writing of historical fiction.

Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?
I do get to wear it – at Dragoncon every year! It looks much like a Viking princess, with knotwork embroidered on the hems. A bit of fancy fur here and there.

What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?
Distractions! The internet is a huge one. Unfortunately, I need to use the internet for research while I write, which can get quite dangerous. I tend to avoid certain sites, even if they are very useful, like TV Tropes. My favorite is Entymonline.com, which helps me identify anachronistic phrases.

What was the supervillain that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?
Real Life is a horrible supervillain. It derailed me for almost a full month, along with its sidekick Icelandic Vacation. But when I returned, I got back into the swing of things and buckled down to finish my project.

 What important lessons have you learned along the way?
That writing is easy but editing is hard, at least for me. That much of the work is after you’ve finished – marketing, promoting, and building networks for your audience. That writing a book is not a solo project. It requires a whole team. The support network of your own family and friends, your editor, publisher, cover artist.

What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?
Actually finishing my first novel was the greatest high. So many people want to write a novel, and never start. So many people start and never finish. To have actually finished not one, but five novels makes me feel elite and truly a superhero.

If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?
I would start my promotion and marketing campaigns much earlier on all my books.

What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why?
That a failure is simply someone who didn’t try again. Everyone fails, it’s part of life; it’s how you learn. Failing isn’t the end, it’s simply a step. No one masters anything on the first try. You fail again and again until finally you aren’t failing.

Tell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.
In Legacy of Hunger, Valentia McDowell travels to Ireland in 1846 to find her grandmother’s family and a mystical brooch she’s heard of all her life. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s headed great into the potato blight, which has rendered the people poor and starving. She meets a whole new world she never knew existed.

What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?
I’ve written two prequels for Legacy of Hunger, the first of which is on submission with my publisher now, Legacy of Truth. I’ve also written a first draft on Call of the Morrigan, about the goddess Morrigan waking up to 1798 Ireland… and she’s pissed! My newest project will be a novelization of the tale of the Children of Lir.



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  1. Exactly why I quit beading!

    Nice to get better acquainted with you, Christy.

  2. Very true about failure. Thanks for the tip on Entymonline.com. Best of luck with your writing!

  3. Love this! Writing a book is definitely a team project, one I’m keen to really dive into this year 🙂 All the best Christy!

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