What would you do if you woke up with super powers?
For Bella Brown, life hasn’t gone according to plan. She’s almost thirty, still living in her uneventful hometown, and her dreams of becoming an investigative reporter have fallen by the wayside. That is, until she wakes up one morning to find she’s been gifted with some amazing new abilities. What’s a girl to do with heightened senses, super speed and the ability to lift a truck one-handed?
Bella quickly discovers that her new powers can easily help her land front-page leads at local newspaper The Hartleybourne Gazette. Soon Bella’s out every night chasing down local criminals for stories, while keeping her powers a secret from everyone besides flatmate Chloe. But when a burglary-gone-wrong accidentally turns her into the mysterious Hartleybourne Heroine, Bella finds herself on the front page for the wrong reasons.
Her secret becomes harder to keep as she tries to track down the source of her powers, and especially when crime reporter Matt Gilmore is intent on unmasking the town’s new vigilante…
Suddenly, having an extraordinary life is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.
1. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I knew when I was about eight years old! I started reading at a young age, and had a huge collection of Ladybird books. I loved them and knew that I wanted to write my own, so I used to create my own stories and make them into ‘books’ (sheets of folded A4 stapled in the middle) and would carefully write my stories on one half of the page, and illustrate them on the other. My mother encouraged me to send them to Ladybird. Of course, I was rejected, but I just loved receiving a letter from them and was always inspired to keep writing!
2. What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a huge comic book fan and wanted to combine my love for comics and women’s fiction. I wanted to explore the possibility of an everyday woman accidentally getting super powers, and what she would do with them. Who wouldn’t want to wake up with amazing new abilities?
3. If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Failing local journalist gains super powers and uses them for the wrong reasons!
4. What are you up to next?
I have just started writing my third novel, but I’m taking a break from that while I work on revising my second. Both books are a lot different to She’s Bad News (though the second has a paranormal element to it.)
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mother and grandmother. They introduced me to reading and writing at a young age, and encouraged me to keep writing my stories. Sadly my grandmother passed away, but she will always be one of my biggest inspirations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too. Now, Elle tends to write contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. She’s Bad News is her debut novel, and she’s just finished working on her second. Her other interests include running, wine, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.
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