Only two more months remain until WonderCon and I have done a lot of preparations so far. I have completed the basic layout of the complimentary fliers and bookmarks I will be handing out throughout the weekend. In addition, I have done the groundwork for the posters and banner I will be hanging at the back of my booth. After completing the overview of these items, I have researched various locations in which I could mass-produce them after my godmother refines them. I also acquired other vital paperwork that the people in charge of the convention requested. For the moment, I am waiting for a local school to produce the character concept art that will be put on display at my book signing and am eager to finally see my beloved characters with my own eyes. Overall, it has been a very busy and productive month and I look forward to all of the developments that will follow.
A few days ago, I filled out an application that would allow me to have my own booth for a book signing at WonderCon next year. I will wait and see if they will accept me and keep you all updated. If they do accept me, if any of you are planning to go to WonderCon next year, feel free to find me. I will inform you of any further developments. Wish me luck!
For the longest time, I have been fascinated with the idea of teenagers becoming superheroes. Some incarnations depict young heroes who are immature and prefer to use their powers for fun and mischief instead of fighting villains. Others show youths who who are rebels without a cause or require the supervision of older superheroes to keep them in line. While there have been various incarnations of this concept, I decided to develop my own team of teenage superheroes based on the personalities of myself and my best friends. I wanted to create characters that were not stereotypical teenagers. Therefore, I imagined how my friends and I would handle certain situations if we were given superhuman abilities. When the Young Guardians’ powers first manifest, they are frightened, confused, and initially have no idea what their purpose in life was. However, after one of their own accidentally injures another human being, they conclude that their crusade against evil should be one of redemption. In addition, they are the first and only superheroes in existence in their world and have no older heroes to watch over them. So, they are basically left to their own devices when their lives are inexplicably changed. As for leadership, even though Patrick is often viewed as the leader by the public, the first four members have been friends since elementary school and have always viewed each other as equals. Also, despite being the oldest of the group, Tinisha was too inexperienced about the modern world and often followed her younger companions’ lead.
A few months ago, I was interviewed on NoWastedInk.com and the interview was reprinted on Del Rey Books’s blog Suvudu Universe. In this interview, you will learn more about the origins of my series and the inner workings of my writing process.
For Autism Awareness Day, I participated in a panel discussion where people who have multiple perspectives on autism gather. Check it out . . .
While planning out the first volume of my series, I tried to brainstorm on ways the Young Guardians would acquire their superhuman abilities. I did not want to use cliches such as radioactive waste or genetic mutations. So, I turned my attention to something that transcends the laws of physics as we know it: magic. After choosing the concept of magic, I decided on what the spell should be called and I so I decided on naming it the Genesis Spell. I gave it this name because the word genesis means the beginning of something. In my characters case, the spell would signify the end of their old lives as mere mortals and the beginning of their new lives as super humans. According to Tinisha Dolaira, the Genesis Spell is a very rare form of magic that can only be used once in a sorcerer’s lifetime. What it does is awaken a being’s hidden spiritual powers and alter their appearance to the peak of human conditioning. However, the Genesis Spell only targets beings who are teenagers. As an additional side effect, the Genesis Spell also renders its targets immortal in the sense that they will never grow old, get sick, or die of natural causes, but they can be killed if their physical trauma is great enough.
As of last night, I have reached the 487th page of the upcoming third volume of my Young Guardians Series. It is getting close to being complete and I estimate that it will be released sometime next year. In this new book, the Young Guardians will face the main villain of the entire series for the first time while attempting to stop a plot to devastate the planet. Along the way, they gain eight more members in their battle against evil, who each have their own reasons for confronting the main villain and his minions. In this epic tale, the Young Guardians will face their greatest challenge yet.