Naming the Characters—Super For You, Bad For Me

As soon as I decided to write Super for You, Bad for Me, Oswell Outterridge popped into my mind fully formed, looking a little like Tom Hiddleston early in his career. In choosing his name, I wanted to follow the tradition of so many famous superheroes by giving him double-lettered initials. I picked ‘Oswell’ because its meaning is along the lines of ‘divine (or godly) power’. Meanwhile, Outterridge is derived from words meaning ‘dawn’ and ‘power’. So both together make a good fit for a superhero character!

It’s not the first time I’ve written a fictional movie star into one of my stories, so I had no trouble imagining Kane Teague. I picture him as a younger Michael Fassbender, and his surname derives from a Cornish word meaning ‘fair’ or ‘beautiful’. I was less concerned over the first name meaning in this case—I simply wanted something that had a nice ring to it—but for those interested, it stems from a word meaning ‘battle’.


Struggling actor Oswell Outterridge thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s chosen to play a scene opposite his idol, Kane Teague, in a superhero movie. However, things take an unexpected turn when the slime he accidentally ingests gives him telekinetic powers. Then Kane asks him out, against all expectation, and it seems that life couldn’t get any better—aside from the little matter of keeping his identity secret from his celebrity boyfriend. Oswell goes from a nobody with little social life and few prospects for the future to dating the man of his dreams and using his superhuman abilities to defend innocents. Everything is perfect, and it seems he’s finally achieved a happily ever after worthy of the silver screen. But when a supervillain arrives, determined to defeat Oswell and win Kane’s affections, everything falls apart. In the ensuing conflict, Kane gets caught in the crossfire, and Oswell faces his toughest fight yet. Can he remain the hero he’s always imagined himself, or will a dark desire for vengeance change him forever?


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About Asta Idonea:

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J. Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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