A Hero by Any Other Name
A couple of friends and I hit this week’s big movie today. You know the one: a group of costumed super heroes save the world from out-of-this-world invaders.
It was lotsa fun. The gags worked, the actors emoted in all the right places and their costumes fit just the way we wanted them to. It was two hours and twenty minutes well spent.
All this focus on folks saving the world made me think about who the heroes in this world really are. And I think it’s important that we all recognize they aren’t just individuals with super powers or who wear capes and/or really tight leather.
No question, those who serve in the military and who are public servants that do their best to protect the lives and property of others are heroes. Truth be told, I think real heroes are scattered throughout everyday life.
I admire the people who do their best to live life in a way that doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. Many of my heroes are those who love, protect and support their family and friends . . . who do their jobs day-in and day-out to the best of their abilities . . . who notice and bring out the best in others.
Tony Smith, husband of Elyse Smith, the protagonist in my debut novel, MRS. GOODFELLER, is just that type of hero. He’s a kind and loving husband and father, who’d do anything for anyone. But those traits aren’t recognized or honored by his neighbors. He never gets any respect in his small town of Scissortail, Oklahoma, until the rumor gets started that instead of a mild-mannered and somewhat inept insurance salesman he’s really an ex hit man now living in the Witness Protection Program.
When a vengeance-seeking mafia don shows up in town gunning for Tony, Elyse’s husband finally has a chance to prove to her just how big a hero he really is . . . or die trying.
I’D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT HEROES YOU’VE KNOWN. A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER, WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.
Jaycie Cash blogs on a regular basis for Writerspace.com. Her debut novel, Mrs. Goodfeller, is available through most major e-Book outlets, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She’d love for you to like her Facebook Author page.