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Maggie Mae Gallagher | Superpowers

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Speed, strength, immortally, shifter, magic, genetic modifications, and more.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be gifted with some type of superpower? I certainly have. Our society has examined this mythos in film, on television, in comic books, and novels. The phrase "Faster than a speeding bullet" first used in the Superman radio shows in the 1940s (Wikipedia n.d.) and many more like it entered popular culture in such a way as to exemplify our desires for greatness.

Marvel and DC Comics are billion dollars industries because of this fascination we have with being more than just human. I'll admit there are a few powers I personally think would be rather nifty. Even thoughts of being a super villain with all the high tech gadgets like Gru in Despicable Me has crossed my mind, not to mention I love the minions. I could use a half dozen of them myself.

At the top of my list for most desirable superpowers, I would have to go with super strength because the ability to bench press a car or make that annoying guy at the bar pestering me to leave with a bare flick of my wrist would be marginally entertaining, to say the least. A close second, would be indestructibility because let's face it, what good would super strength do you if you drop the semi you were moving on top of yourself only to be squashed into jelly. It sort of defeats the purpose of super strength.

Rounding out in third place, I think the ability that I would have the most fun with is time leaping or time travel. I would love to go forward, even a hundred years, and see what humanity has become. That question of do we evolve and achieve worldwide peace despite our efforts to blow ourselves to smithereens. Will Earth finally receive extra-terrestrial visitors and travel to distant galaxies like the voyages of the Starship Enterprise? I'd also love to travel back through history and witness the invasions of the Tuatha De Danann in Ireland or the sacking of Rome or hear first-hand Queen Elizabeth I address her troops before they blazoned upon their ships to meet the Spanish Armada head-on.

So it is no wonder that when my heroine, Alana, stepped forward she was gifted with powers humans do not possess. Why? I like the questions those powers raise, whether characters will use their abilities for good or evil and what drives that decision.

While I don't have any super powers, granted there could be another me in an alternate universe putting her hands up to freeze time like Piper in Charmed, I do think it would be rather awesome to have a few.

If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? One commenter will win a signed printed copy of ANOINTED

About ANOINTED

My name is Alana Devereaux. I enjoy the simple things in life, walks in the park, sky gazing, and ripping a demon's heart out though its chest. I am a demon slayer, the last of my kind, and I have been sent back through time to save your world. How am I doing so far? My time travel went haywire, all the signs I needed to stop the prophecy have passed, and the only way I can save my world is by keeping yours from ending. Then there's Gaelen, most days I want to deck him. He hides his true motives and if it was not for the intel he had, I would be rid of him. Any day in my life without a demon attack is a good day; I haven't had a whole lot of those lately. The only problem is, if I don’t stop the Mutari, this world will burn.

About Maggie

Maggie doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.

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Comments

17 comments posted.

Re: Maggie Mae Gallagher | Superpowers

This book sounds amazing!
(Mary Jurgielski 12:03pm March 6, 2014)

that's a really good question. You touched my favorite topic
tho. :)
well when i go to sleep and i have my crazy dreams i always
have the same powers.
To fly, the start walking and slowly gravity fades away so
its like you are going up some invisible stairs before
flying.
To be able to control the elements and create them (along
with all that could come handy in the moment) with my
thoughts. Like sending lightning bolts from the palms of my
hands.
Healing. Oh healing is my favorite :) along with telekinesis
because if somebody shoots you you can extract the bullets
and send them back to their owner while you rapidly heal
yourself.
but if i had to chose maybe i would like to just have
healing powers (on me and others) + the telekinesis :)
(Sarah Hansrote 3:43am March 6, 2014)

this sounds really good
(Denise Smith 7:03am March 6, 2014)

I think about what super power I would want if I only had
one often... LOL! I was just pondering this question while
running/walking yesterday. I was also thinking of the she-
wolf in the new TV series, Bitten, and how she does not like
being strong and having enhanced senses. I read a book by
Thea Harrison lately where the heroine has healing powers...
and like Sarah who has already posted, I think that's what
I'd want if I could only have one power... Thanks for the
contest!
(Linda Townsend 8:14am March 6, 2014)

I would love to be invisible when I wanted. That way I could get around awkward situations and would be great for spying and getting into places that would otherwise be impossible.
(Pam Howell 8:45am March 6, 2014)

There are only 2 that come to mind at the moment (no pun intended). The first one would be to read someone's mind, because lately I've been curious, and it's been strictly personal. The second one would be to become invisible. There have been a few places that I'd like to sort of "drop in," on people, and either visit, or just watch a situation that's going on. I think it would be fun!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:17am March 6, 2014)

This book sounds Super!
(Richard Burr 10:11am March 6, 2014)

The superpower I would want is the power to grant happiness.
I figure that would cover everything.
(G. Bisbjerg 1:06pm March 6, 2014)

I've often wondered what it would be like to be like some of
the characters in the Paranormal Romance genre. Being able to
stay young (:))and to kick ass with a sword would be super!
(Sharon Shearouse 4:28pm March 6, 2014)

I would love to be able to perform some magic whenever necessary. It would be fun too! I wouldn't mind becoming invisible at times just to see what some of my relatives and friends are doing or talking about. I've often said, "I'd love to have been a fly on the wall."
(Linda Luinstra 5:46pm March 6, 2014)

I would see the future.
(Phyllis Lamken 6:02pm March 6, 2014)

I am in love with this story! And yes, I STILL daydream about having superpowers - and I am 50 years old - LOL
(Felicia Ciaudelli 6:11pm March 6, 2014)

I'd be able to fly; it's just something I've always wanted to
be able to do.
(Janie McGaugh 10:35pm March 6, 2014)

Ever since I have read books King Arthur, I wanted to have powers like Merlin. I could then right the wrongs.
(Kai Wong 1:14am March 7, 2014)

I'd love to be able to manipulate time.
(Mary Preston 5:15am March 8, 2014)

My superpower would be going through solid objects to be near
the people who need help the most. I'm a good listener and
like overhearing conversations. It makes my writing spicier.
(Alyson Widen 5:02pm March 14, 2014)

I would love to be able to teleport. It would be much easier than traveling by car or plane.
(Bonnie Hometchko 10:17pm March 26, 2014)

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