It’s not a secret that I’m a hack writer. I write for a living (the not fun stuff that I’m really good at) and then I write for fun (goofy, weird, romantic fiction that I’m really kind of bad at).
I’m that nerd who at 7, knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. Because I love to read stories and I love to tell stories.
I can almost pinpoint the exact moment when I realized I wanted to tell my own stories. I was 4-ish, in Japan, and I was obsessed with these Shojo Manga comics that featured starry, moon-eyed girls and dashingly androgynous men in an epic story about love and saving the world. Oftentimes I found myself drawn to characters who were villains (I liked to call them misunderstood).
My absolute favorite comic was called “Ouke No Monshou” or as wiki tells me, “Crest of the Royal Family.” It told the story about a gorgeous blonde teenage girl named Carole (how very 70’s right?) who gets transported to ancient Egypt and is wrapped up in a love affair with the young, tempestuous Pharaoh, Memphis.
Sigh…even at 39 my girlish beats aflutter. It didn’t hurt that the art was crazy beautiful.
Even though Carole and Memphis made a really hot couple, I was always more enamored with the young Hittite prince who goes after Carole at first for revenge against Memphis, but then because he’s desperately in love with her.
In this scene the Hittite prince is hurt, and Carole, despite herself, wants to help him. Again, sigh.
The artist of these comics, by the way is a Japanese woman from Osaka named Chieko Hosokawa.