When I was little, there was only one thing I wanted to be: a superhero. Who didn’t love superheroes (other than the super villains, I mean)? Everyone cheered for the Bats, loved Flash, and was envious of Wonder Woman’s invisible plane (though, I was envious of her ability to find it), but I wanted to do more than cheer. I wanted to fly, to lift buildings and deflect bullets, and
I’ll admit it, I wanted to wear the cape.
I trained hard to achieve my goal. I learned to hide in shadows, to creep down the hallways, wear disguises, and change in telephone booths (much to the horror of my parents). But there came a day when my dreams were broken, and that was the day I realized that being a klutz was not, in fact, a super power, and my super weakness for anything bright and shiny meant a magpie with self-control could easily defeat me in a battle of wills.
What was a superhero in training to do?
I turned to writing (young adult, urban fantasy, creative non-fiction and romance) as a way to sharpen my mental super-hero skills, and to bide my time until I can hone my klutzy nature into a superpower. I don’t get to orbit the earth in a space station (and thank God, because I get sick on merry go round), but I do get to say things like: “Stand aside! This is a job for Writing Girl!!”
(The Grown-Up Version)
Natasha Deen graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in psychology. With 15 years experience as a presenter and workshop facilitator with schools, Natasha is also an advocate for vulnerable groups and has worked with the provincial government as well as school boards, libraries, writing camps, and non-profit agencies.
She is published in a variety of genres—from creative non-fiction through to YA and adult—and is an author with Orca Books, The Wild Rose Press, Summit Studios, and Great Plains Publications. Her novel, Ethan’s Chase, was nominated for a 2008 CAPA Award for excellence in romance and her novella, What Happens in Vegas won the 2012 International Digital Book Award. She’s a member of YABS, YouthWrite, the WUC, the WGA, and was the 2013 Regional Writer in Residence for the Metro Edmonton Library Federation.