Superheroes and Dystopian, with Holli Anderson

What do superheroes do when they retire? That was one of many questions that were kicking around in my head when I was dreaming up Dancing with the Viper. And apparently I’m not the only one whose story inspirations sometimes unexpectedly involve superheroes. Today, author Holli Anderson is dropping by the blog to talk about where she got one of the ideas for her new book.

Superheroes and Dystopian

by Holli Anderson

I LOVE Superheroes. The Avengers make me almost as happy as Harry Potter. That being said, I never intended to write a superhero book. However, when an idea strikes and won't stop torturing me day and night--I have to give in eventually. The idea for this book came from an unorthodox place: I saw a video of a young woman testifying before Congress. She'd been an abortion survivor--as unlikely as that seems. She lived through a saline abortion attempt and was born 2 months early with burns all over the skin of her body from the saline. She was placed in foster care and grew up to be this  amazing woman. I believe her name is Gianna Jesson.  Upon hearing her story my brain went in several different directions, one of those directions was, What if the failed abortion procedure had made her skin impermeable and impenetrable? She could be a Superhero. 

Now, you'll have to read at least the first few chapters to see how I incorporated this into Myrikal's unique origin story. I guarantee there isn't another Superhero out there that became Super in quite the same way.

Here's a small excerpt from the book, just to give you a little teaser:

She’d asked Russ—she wasn’t allowed to call him “dad”—once why he’d named her Myrikal and why he’d spelled it so weird. She’d been around five or six and she’d known how to read since she was three. It just hadn’t occurred to her before then that her name was actually a play on the word “miracle.” His answer took her breath away. Not in a good, life is beautiful way, but in a just got kicked in the gut by an elephant way.

She remembered the disgusted look on his face, eyes narrowed, lips curled in a snarl as he snapped an answer at her. 

Myrikal is available February 12th from Amazon and other fine book sellers.

Holli Anderson


Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.

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In a world torn apart by massive earthquakes and an incurable, deadly virus—Myrikal could be the hero they’re waiting for.

Or… she could be the perfect assassin heir to her father’s business.

Can Branch, her only friend, convince her that her dad is wrong? That there really are good people left in the world?

Will Myrikal choose to be the Superhero Branch thinks she is or will she turn to the life of the invincible assassin her dad has trained her to be?