Who’s Your Hero? Fantasy Book Giveaway

Who’s Your Hero? Fantasy Book Giveaway

“Look just because some man in a red coat hands you a sword, it doesn’t make you a hero!”

~Susan Pevensie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie

What then does make a hero? Does a uniform? I know when I think of a hero, the first thing that comes to mind is our men and women who serve in the military. I don’t know if that is because my Gramps Pat who served in WWII, his grandpa who fought in the Civil War, or my uncles who were in Vietnam. I do know that I get teary eyed as I hear

“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave. O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

Since 9/11 another group comes to mind as heroes. They, too, wear a uniform but it is a different style than the military. Police officers and firefighters have been regulated to the status of hero. I know in our community where it is a volunteer firefighting group, I know many who go out at night for an accident or a fire. I even have two students who have come in to class groggy because they were out late on a call the night before. With the fire raging in Canada right now, many would view those who are fighting it as heroes.

What makes a hero? Is it someone who does some great act that goes against the grain of who they are? Is it someone who stands up for what they believe? What is it that defines a heroic deed? Just as courage can be simply doing what you know needs to happen even when you don’t want to or don’t feel like doing it; so, too, being a hero is doing what you know needs to be done whether or not others would do it.

Take this case in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where Coca-Cola installed cameras on public transportation to see who would give up their seat for someone who needed it. Their statistics are interesting. When I asked high school students to compare them with a similar situation in the US, students weren’t too sure Americans would be heroes as often as Ecuadorians.

Quite often this definition of a hero is seen in books, especially fantasy. Someone is thrust into an unknown situation or world and is forced to do what has to be done, but doesn’t necessarily want to or feel qualified to do so. Yet, even in the world of make-believe we can see glimpses of truth. Things we can aspire to.

In the real world, we have people who are heroes. After showing the Coca-Cola movie to high school students, I asked them to describe who their hero was. Their answers surprised me. Many of them said their Mom!

Dragon's Future Cover artWho is your hero? Answer in the comments for a chance to win the first book in my fantasy series.

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23 Comments

  • patanne1

    May 8, 2016 at 5:11 am Reply

    My hero would be Walker Boh, a druid in Terry Brooks’ Shanara Saga

  • Jenna O

    May 8, 2016 at 11:32 am Reply

    My grandma is my hero 🙂

  • Bambi Unbridled (@bambi_unbridled)

    May 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply

    I have lots of heroes… but in fiction, I lean more heavily toward a Kristen Ashley alpha male hero. My favorite fantasy hero would probably be in the Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson.

  • bookloverbabbles

    May 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply

    My fictional hero is Jo from Little Women 🙂

    • kandijwyatt

      May 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply

      I loved Jo as well. I found out just this last year that my middle name came from that character. My daughter and I have the same middle name, Jo. My daughter complained to my mom about it, and then learned the story behind it–we’re named for Jo of Little Women! Now my daughter loves her name because that was her favorite character.

  • Mai Tran

    May 9, 2016 at 1:01 am Reply

    My fictional hero is Hermione Granger. She’s smart, kind, and amazing. My real life hero is my mom. She’s always there for me.

    koukkunokka@anvianet.fi

    • kandijwyatt

      May 9, 2016 at 4:39 am Reply

      Hermione is fun. I just read book 1 a few weeks ago. I was impressed with how much she grew up over the course of the series!

  • darkchiibsb

    May 9, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply

    Annabeth from Percy Jackson

    • kandijwyatt

      May 9, 2016 at 10:38 am Reply

      I’m showing my lack of knowledge. My son would know who that is. I’ve yet to read the series.

  • gracefulcoffee

    May 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm Reply

    My hero is God! He’s my creator, fortress, and my rock <3

  • Beppe DM

    May 10, 2016 at 4:24 am Reply

    My husband…he’s in the Navy!

  • Katie R

    May 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm Reply

    My parents.. I would not be anyone near who I was today without them.

    • kandijwyatt

      May 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply

      Parents do help and shape us. Glad you have good ones.

  • bn100

    May 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm Reply

    mom

  • Daniel M

    May 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

    my dad is my hero

  • Laura

    May 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply

    My hero is my Grandmother. She is such an inspirational woman!

    • kandijwyatt

      May 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply

      I wish my grandmothers were still around. My memories of them are what caused me to write the older women in the Dragon Courage series.

    • kandijwyatt

      May 20, 2016 at 6:00 am Reply

      Laura, you are the winner. Please contact me at kandijowywatt at gmail dot com with your preferred format–mobi, epub, or pdf. Congratulations!

  • Jess Elliott

    May 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply

    My hero is my daddy. He retired from the Air Force just a couple years ago. I admire him and his service and that of his comrades.

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