One of my children’s favorite book series is The Familiars – they love that its the animals saving the world. We have the Familiars authors Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson stopping by today to answer some questions about their favorite heroes.
Favorite book hero and why?
Andrew: Anne Frank.
Adam : I love Sherlock Holmes. It is all about his brain and not his brawn. I love being able to solve a mystery with my protagonist. And he’s got a great villain to go up against… Moriarity.
What do you think are important qualities for a hero?
Andrew: Bravery, sacrifice, and a really cool superpower doesn’t hurt, either.
Adam: Looking good in a cape or a stylish scar.
Favorite movie hero and why?
Andrew: I’ve always loved Indiana Jones. He’s such a great mixture of everyman and hero. He’s vulnerable (fear of snakes) and fearless (fist fighting Nazis). And he’s funny.
Adam: Marty McFly from Back to the Future. He was able to change the past with a sense of humor and a cool life-preserver jacket.
If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Andrew: Invisibility. It just seems like it would be so much fun to be a fly on the wall in so many different places.
Adam : I think I’d love to be able to travel to the future. I mean 2012 is so been there, done that. Let me check out 3012!
What would your hero theme song be?
Andrew: Stronger by Britney Spears.
Adam: Galaxy Bounce by The Chemical Brothers. I’d be rocking my eye mask in techno style.
Favorite real life hero and why?
Andrew: My dad. He spent his life as a lawyer, defending the poor and disenfranchised, underdogs from every walk of life, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get justice. There’s a sign above his office door that reads “Poverty isn’t a crime,” which has never been more relevant than it is in today’s political landscape.
Adam: My wife. She’s a rock. Tough enough to face whatever is thrown at her while still being a great mom.
Favorite thing about writing a hero?
Andrew: With Aldwyn, I think it was making him relatable and ordinary. Then, when he does extraordinary, heroic things, it makes a reader think that maybe they can be a hero, too.
Adam: I love a character’s flaws as much as love their abilities. I guess this is one answer that Andrew and I agree.
Favorite hero line?
Andrew: “Always bet on black.” Wesley Snipes – Passenger 57
Adam “Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.” Indiana Jones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Check out what you could do to win a copy of The Familiars: Circle of Heroes
We want you to send in stories about your own heroes, the real people who have had an impact on your life. Parents, grandparents, teachers, or friends. We’ll be featuring them on our blog, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook page. We want to know who’s in your Circle of Heroes. The ones voted the most inspirational will win a signed copy of book #3. Send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org!