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.
by Michele Corriel
Publisher: Leap Books
Publication Date: October 10th 2016
Genre: YA Scifi
In the multi-verse people may look familiar, but no one is who they seem.
In a small town in Montana, Sophie lives with her quantum physicist mother, and her equally brilliant, but dangerously obsessed, step-father.
Her father disappeared years ago under mysterious circumstances, but Sophie is still haunted by memories of him that seem so real she swears she feels his presence one night as she drifts off to sleep.
Realizing that somehow her missing father is trying to send her a message, Sophie decides to take a big risk.
With her friend, Eli, Sophie must discover what strange experiment her father did and understand the startling impact it has on her world and another, just across the membrane dividing the multi-verse.
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