Writing Superheroes: April Bennett

Today’s superhero looks like Wonder Woman and sings soprano! 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 ‘origins episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes?

I never considered myself a writer growing up – it was something I had to do for English classes. I don’t even think I have any of those papers anymore.  Scene one: A day in class with Mr. Arnold sticks in my head, and I’ll never forget how much his praise meant to me. I had turned in a creative writing assignment, and he began to talk to the class about how one particular paper stood out because it began in a different fashion than all the others. I realized he meant mine! I was embarrassed, and thought he was going to tell us not to do that! But it turns out, he really liked it, and found it compelling, and I got an A. That’s scene one.

Scene two is the day I signed up for my blog. The beginning of my creative journey as an adult. I’ve only been writing for 4 years, and dabbling for half of that.

Scene three is the day I decided to sit down and write a short story, which turned into my first novel. Ordinary days that changed my life.


What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

Nothing exists (as far as I know) from school days. Unfortunately or fortunately, all my blogging is easily found online. The good, the bad, and the ugly!


April BennettAll super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.

My secret identity (shh!) is teacher/studio mama. I enjoy teaching and taking care of my ‘studio babies’ just as much as I love being a hausfrau and taking care of my family.


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

Side-kicks – I have a set of girlfriends who can kill with a well-timed pun or a dagger glance. Depends on your behavior which you get!


Where do you get your superpowers from?

My superpowers come from solitude – without my quiet time, I can’t recharge, and I become a weak human with no energy or creative spark!


My secret lair is being refurbished at the moment! I supposed it looks like an ordinary sitting room. But when I open my computer, magic happens! (well, usually. sometimes, Facebook addiction happens!)


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?

Training?… I’m a lazy super-hero. My training comes in the doing. If I’m not doing superhero work, I’m resting my superpowers! But my inherent altruism keeps me on the straight and narrow. No evil villian here!


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

It would look a lot like Wonder Woman’s get-up. I love her use of spangles and color. She’s my ‘other’ secret identity. (that, or I have Multiple Personality Disorder)


What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges you’re faced with in your writing?

My kryptonite is that inner gremlin telling me I can’t. I have to punch it in the throat all. the. time. It’s a persistent little twerp. My biggest challenge is time management. Working part-time and trying to manage the domestic engineering (full-time job on a part-time schedule) get in my way, and sometimes my writing time is also my nap/sweep/wash/eat time. It’s all in the priorities – sometimes writing is the priority, sometime sleeping is.


What was the supervillian that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?

That Gremlin! But I’ve punched him enough that I think he’s our for the count for Book 2.


What important lessons have you learned along the way?

I’ve learned that chugging along, doing little bits at a time, is sometimes the best way to get things done. Just keep swimming…


What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

Definitely getting to know my WANA family has been a highlight – I signed up a year ago but didn’t get involved until NaNoWriMo a few months ago. I found a small group to fit in with – encouraging and uplifting, fellow writers to be accountable with. And the small group is just my size – I am easily overwhelmed by large groups online, just as much as I am in person, perhaps even more so.


If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

I would shout from the rooftops that I have a book out. Marketing, networking, blowing my own horn. Even some of my friends and circle of aquaintances don’t know I have written a book.


What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.
Dare to be mediocre!
This is advice I heard at a Classical Singer convention, in regards to getting out to auditions and singing as much as you can. But it applies to almost anything in life. If you wait until you think you’re ready, or until the voice is ‘perfect’ you will never start. Be willing to go out and do the best you can with your skill level, with who you are right now, and eventually you will be good, or great, or amazing! Dare to give it your (mediocre) best, because it’s the only way to learn how to be better.


Tell us about your new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now. 
If You But Knew tells the story of Jenny, a forty-something widow, as she begins the search for new love. She knows exactly the sort of partner she wants, but her heart keeps nudging her toward someone quite different. It’s a light read, perfect for vacations, stay-cations, or simply beating the winter blahs!


What’s in store for you in the future?

Do you have any other big projects on the horizon? Next up is Book 2 of my trilogy. I’m in the middle of revisions for it. More Than You Know is a story of two people trying to find healing after loss and hurt. The hero made a brief appearance in my first book, and he needed his own story! I think most women can identify with the heroine, even if they haven’t been in her shoes.

Book 3 is about half-written, and after that, I have plans for an unrelated novel, still in the early-development stage.



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