Who is your hero and why?
Adryanna - I don’t tend to use the term hero, but someone I look up to is my mother. Growing up, I had no idea the things she protected us from or how much she suffered in silence. Becoming an adult, and therefore, privy to those secrets, gave me a whole new appreciation for the person she is and the lengths she went to to protect her family.
Amanda - My heroes are those who go unnoticed, those who do good for no other reason but to help, those who suffer and struggle to face the day but do it anyway, and those who need help and ask for it. Life is tough but there is more goodness in the world than anything else.
Brandon - As I’ve gotten older, I find hero to be a bit complicated. I do have three inspirations who serve as constant reminders to try to be a better person and who’ve led me down the road to writing. As a kid, I held on to a lot of anger throughout my upbringing. Like, a lot. Find Jason Mraz was the greatest step to diffusing that bomb. Something about his music just possesses the ability to let it go and love everything. Similar with J. K. Rowling. I grew up with her works and she taught me the importance of friendship and, to some degree, the detriments of self-isolation. She also lit the spark that made me want to tell a tale someone would find worth sticking through and revisiting. Stephen King poured the gallons and gallons of gasoline. I read The Stand in the seventh grade and started writing the following day I finished.
Brittany - My husband and my children. My husband is an incredible man and partner. He loves his little monsters so fiercely, which is something I never had as a kid. I didn't want my children experiencing what I did and I'm beyond grateful for him. We met when I was 21 and he was 23, so… we've watched one another grow individually and have supported each other through each new growth and milestone. My children are also my little heroes… not just because they wear capes, masks, and crowns… but they amaze me everyday with their kindness, introspection, and unconditional love. Plus, they're annoyingly smart...
Debi - Any heroes I have are human, and therefore they aren’t going to be perfect, and I’m not going to agree with everything they believe or have done. That said, my main hero is J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of modern fantasy. He loved mythology, he had a strong group of writers to support and encourage him, and he wrote what he wanted to read. He built a world that is vast and complex, and he never gave up on the work of his heart, The Silmarillion. His works inspired so many future writers (myself included), and his books were being written/completed decades after his death. That is the level of author I aspire to be.
Ilona - I am not really a hero person, although if there were a real-life Superman, I would appreciate the help, security and protection he might give. I admire people who are creative, but I don’t idolize them. I am enthusiastic about what achievements they may have made but I also realize that the ordinary person, while not acclaimed, is just as important as a hero in his/her own way.
Having said all this, I have a firm faith in God, and hence God would be my real hero.
Jay - Steve Irwin actually. I can’t think of a more honest person or a better emblem for the Australian spirit, which has diminished in the decade since his passing. His passion and single mindedness reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger too, who is still pumping irons and promoting self drive today. Oh, let’s add Brandon Sanderson, who writes as often as we all would like to. Phil K Dick for his quiet achiever award, he never really fames as a great writer while alive.
Kieran - I don’t really have heroes. There’s a lot of people I respect and admire, but I’ve just never thought of anyone as a hero.
Laura - I find hero to be such a broad term. But, if I had to choose someone, it would be my mother-in-law. She was diagnosed with cancer last year and has been fighting hard to keep living a normal life as much as she can. Thankfully, she’s doing well, and the cancer has stopped spreading. I am in awe of her strength and faith every day that passes and am so proud to have her in my life.
Serena - Choosing one is so hard. I admire all the women of my family, and my mum especially, who despite struggles and heartbreak choose to keep living bravely and kindly. I admire my husband who has overcome huge hardship to become the wonderful man he is now.
Vicky - 2020 has definitely been a year of appreciation for emergency service providers. Apart from Covid-19 we’ve had drought, floods, bushfires, freak snowstorms, heatwaves… it all really makes you appreciate the people who protect lives and livelihoods.