Meet Ella Drake
Wonder Woman. I wanted to be Linda Carter! Now as an adult, I now know exactly why so many men and boys tuned in to watch the gorgeous Linda Carter. Sadly, that future was not in the cards for me. Though, I do have WW pajamas and wear them proudly, if not as… well.
But then came Buck Rogers in the 25th century! And I wanted to be Erin Gray. Once again, oblivious to the crushes the boys my age had on her, ala Linda Carter. But whoa, the romance! The aliens! The sci-fi goodness! The woman carried a gun and wore a shiny outfit! I didn’t know another single girl who admitted to watching the show (the show aired two seasons. Maybe NOBODY else watched it). Still, was I really a tomboy? Was it inevitable that I grow up to be a tech geek who was into science fiction? Well, I did do that. But I also found Jane Austen around this time, and like many girls, read my share of the Bronte sisters, including several reads of Wuthering Heights.
Am I still a tomboy? Not really. I’m not really sure what that means, anymore. The idea of what a little girl should be and how she should act has changed. And thank goodness for that. I did find those roots of fascination in the unknown have stayed with me. I did mesh my love of intergalactic war scenes with the romance I looked for in those shows, but got very little of. But more importantly, I found that so many of the roles we expect to fill, or think our kids might fall into, aren’t that predictable. It’s okay to be a girl who plays sports, loves Star Wars, and reads romance.
I wouldn’t have dreamed, back then, that I’d write a sci-fi romance novel. What about you? Did you have these kinds of signs as a kid of what you might be doing as an adult?
Ella Drake is a dark paranormal and science fiction romance author. Look for her latest, a space western, SILVER BOUND, releasing November 22nd from Carina Press. For more info and excerpt, please visit http://www.elladrake.com/SilverBound.htm
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