Lee Blauersouth self-published her superhero YA book this year and we finally got to interview them for the website. I have a feeling Lee’s book about a group of diverse LGBTQAP+ superheroes is the kind of genre many people around here like to read so I’m excited to let them share more about their writing here.
Q1: Hi, Lee. Tell us a bit about what’s your superhero book about.
It’s about Opal- whose come to Chicago with the ambition to join a superhero team, the Sentinels
And Issac, whose keeping illegal and high-tech secrets in the high-security Sentinels base of operations.
And Yael, whose supervillainous birthparents are a taboo subject in xyr own household
And Jamie, who wants to save the world but can’t figure out how to save her family.
Q2: Was it a challenge to write a story with so many different POVs?
YES! I wanted each of them to sound very distinct. I spent a lot of time thinking about different voices and what I wanted to communicate with the voices of each of them.
On the other hand, I don’t think I could write a single POV story. I’m an intensely social person who devotes a ton of time and mental energy to thinking about what other people are thinking and feeling at any given moment. So when I think about situations, it’s always as much from multiple points of view as possible. That’d be really boring to read, so it’s much more engaging to just look at things from multiple POVs.
Q3: What have you learned so far in the self-publishing journey?
My wife and I worked on self-published comics and indie comics for years before I even thought about prose work. So I’m sort of used to it. But, I’m finding the YA community very engaged and excited! I’m also finding that it makes a good haven to publish stories that I was told by traditional publishing pros would never sell and nobody wanted. Of course, I’m also seeing that those supposedly unwanted stories are pretty popular now, but I’m glad I didn’t have to convince anyone in traditional publishing to take a chance on me.
Q4: Any books or movies or songs that inspired you to write this story?
This book is both my love letter and my rebuttal to superhero comics, cartoons, and movies. In particular, it started as a spite-project after I watched a lousy made-for-TV cartoon about the kids of the Avengers. I dug into my dissatisfaction with superhero stories treatment of adoption, of radical bodily changes, and medicine.
Q5: What should we expect from you next?
I’m hard at work on the sequel for SHOS! I don’t want to give too much away but the next book takes us to a small town in southern MN in the US to dig further into the themes and arcs from book 1.
About the Author:
After about a decade drawing comics independently or with small presses, Lee started writing prose out of a combination of peer pressure and spite, then continued out of attachment to their favorite made-up people. They live in Minnesota even though it is clearly not a habitat humans were ever meant to endure, with their lovely wife/editor, the worlds most perfect baby, and books in every room of the house.
If you like categories, they’re an ENFJ Slytherin Leo. If you’re looking for demographics they’re an agender bisexual with a couple of disabilities. If you’re into lists of likes: Lee loves comics, classical art, round animals, tattoos, opera, ogling the shiner sciences, and queer stuff. Please have a look around and get to know their work!
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