I’ve been a fan of YA books for a few years now, but to be honest not a lot of them are in the not too serious tone I’m a fan of. I’m primarily an artist, I draw cartoons, concepts, and make book covers, so every now and again I would get a little sad at how serious all the books I wanted to buy looked. I was initially inspired to write something fun, maybe a little like a teen movie, though even those tend to be darker now-a-days, so instead I took inspiration from early 2000’s teen movies, listening to a lot of Hilary Duff as I wrote.
I also tried to think about what there wasn’t in the YA genre for girls, not that this book is exclusively for girls! I realized no-one had done any real superhero flavored YA books, some have superpowers sure, but they don’t often say Superhero, or Superpower. I didn’t want to shy away from the goofy, art deco setting of classic superhero stories, I wanted to embrace it.
The last piece of the puzzle, the one that made it all snap into place was the addition of reality TV. It isn’t a new concept to have your superheroes followed around by cameras while preforming heroic deeds, or even for them to wear endorsements like athletes, but I wanted to play with themes of fame, glamour and stardom. It seemed very teen movie, so I built a world where superheroes weren’t just televised heroes, but characters in plotted out dramas on reality TV.
When I put it all together I’d created a world I hope I can write many books about, and hopefully explore the adventures of many different protagonists. Not all of them will be superheroes or super villains. I’m just about to complete a one hundred page novella about one of the characters, and I’m working on the outline for a sequel. There’s a lot more to say about Hero High and Hero TV.
About Hero High
Hero High: Figure in the Flames
by Mina Chara
Publisher: Byzantion Books
Release Date: October 1st 2016
Genre: YA Mystery Romance/Superheroes
Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.
In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.
Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.
– I think this book will appeal greatly to fans of the Selection. – the dressmaker D’fwan reminded me of America’s maids … The whole TV reality show aspect also reminded me of Hunger Game as well as The Selection.
– I Really Loved The Book
I am so looking forward to book two. I love the world you’ve created and I want to explore it more. I thoroughly enjoyed Friday and her story.
– I Really, Really Enjoyed This Book!
The way that Ashley and Friday’s relationship progressed was amazing. Too often, in books the two main love interests relationships progress way too quickly and it was refreshing to see Ashley and Friday’s relationship develop gradually instead of it being super rushed.
– I Would Give This Book a Full 5/5 Stars!
Like there was just so much to this book and none of the characters are like what you originally predicted. Every chapter keeps adding to the story and making it more and more complex, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat in suspense.
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About the Author
Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.
This is My Story:
Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.
When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.