Today we are excited to be joined by Heidi Cullinan to talk about her book, Hero.
Kansas vs. California: Country Boy Meets the Paranormal World of Los Angeles
One of the themes I was itching to explore when I started writing Hero was the idea of a small town man moving to the big city. In the novel, Los Angeles is home to all kinds of strange and beyond the usual people and events. I gotta tell you, that’s true in real life as well.
I’ve been to LA four times, and it’s never made me feel like anything but being in an alternate universe. The first time I went I was seven, and I came from my family farm and local town of 250 people. The “big city” was Cedar Rapids, at 50,000. Los Angeles was another planet. My great-grandmother had a pool. I thought she was unimaginably rich.
The last three times I’ve been to California I’ve been an adult, and I have a different sense of wealth, but I still think that place is off the map. Don’t get me wrong, I love it—but it’s so crazy. The people, the things they do, the stuff they eat—I can’t get enough. It’s like a living amusement park for this Midwestern girl.
In Hero I wanted to explore the otherworldliness of Los Angeles, but I wanted also to highlight the problem of “getting away” to the big city. When I was little and went to LA, I imagined all I had to do was move there someday and I would feel the way the city felt to me. I think when we come from rural areas or parts of the country no one highlights or thinks is sexy, we get tricked into thinking we aren’t sexy either. Everyone in Iowa is a farmer. Everyone in Kansas drives a pickup from 1950. No joke, I’ve been to cities and had people ask if we have microwaves.
Yes. We just got our Amana Radarange installed last week! What an amazing new-fangled invention.
The truth is, a lot of amazing people have come from small towns and rural states. In fact, often the “cool kids” of a city have been imported. It wasn’t the city that made them great, nor was it the place they came from. They were amazing all along.
A lot of Hero focuses on freeing Morgan, but Hal has a journey too. It’s quieter, and it’s largely internal, but his job through the book is to figure out that it doesn’t matter what his job is or his level of education, his home address, or yes, his orientation—he has a lot to bring to the table. We are all of us sexy and exciting, and everyone can be a hero. The trick is realizing that heroism isn’t swinging a sword and baring your hairless, muscled chest. It’s accepting and believing in yourself. You do that, it doesn’t matter where you’re from and where you are. You can go anywhere you like.
by Heidi Cullinan
Reissuing August 2014 from Wilde City
Construction worker Hal Porter knows he’s nobody special. But when strange events draw him into a magical world, he becomes the only man who can free Morgan, a lonely, long-enchanted shape-shifter. Whether he feels he’s worthy or not, Hal is the hero Morgan has been waiting for. However, Hal’s task becomes personal as he and Morgan fall in love. Now, to save Morgan and give himself the happily ever after he’s always longed for, Hal will need to do something far more daunting than face Morgan’s captor or finally come out of the closet… He’ll have to believe in himself.
This title has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
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About the author
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.