Friday, July 27, 2012

A Little Kryptonite

Happy Friday, and happy start of the Olympics! Today, I'm thrilled to have Amy Saia here talking about her new novel. But first, a picture of the Olympic Torch passing through my 'hood yesterday.


And now, over to Amy!

When people think about young adult paranormal romance, they typically don’t associate it with Superman. But somehow, in this twisted brain of mine, I was able to connect the famous superhero with a beautiful ghost guy who hangs out in a small-town library everyday. Guess it’s part of that mantra: write what you love. 

I really do love Superman. I mean, really, really love Superman. Kal-L, Clark Kent, the man of steel. Buns of steel? Ahem. We can only make the assumption. I love his little forelock, greasy though it may be. His sparkling eyes, his thick jaw with demure cleft in the chin. He’s just hot, okay, and if Lois Lane ever gets on his nerves too much I wouldn’t have any problem letting him 3-D my clutch. 

To be honest, I think I subconsciously picked Superman as a sort of role model for my book’s main love interest, William Bennett, because I needed someone that was too good to be true. A figure noble and past young Emma Shay’s reach. I guess William being a ghost wasn’t enough of a challenge, I had to make him a totally unattainable hot ghost. But if you’re going to risk your life on the dead, it might as well be worth it. Obviously, Emma loves him for more than his looks. He’s mysterious, well-read, kind, protective, funny . . . blah, blah, blah. 

The other thing was that, to me, Superman epitomizes the 1970’s. As you may know, I have a complete and unmedicated obsession with the decade. I won’t tell you how extremely old I am, but I will say that before Christopher Reeve the world was still recovering from Vietnam and Watergate. Not to mention Polyester. When he showed up the world became cool again. He flew in with one arm raised and a smirk on his face that said, “There’s nothing to fear. I’m hot and awesome and I can make the world go ‘round.” And he totally did. I remember my mother actually sighing in the darkened theater when he flew Lois Lane around Metropolis. That’s power. Mom never sighed at anything. But, what was up with that stupid inner dialogue Lois Lane was having with herself? Totally corny. 

Of course, Star Wars was big at that time too. But try fitting the entire Galactic Empire in the back of a tiny library. And Yoda as a love interest? Not so much. 

Nope, it had to be Superman. And if I get any monetary compensation with the new movie coming out, that’s totally fine with me. Mostly I just want people to read my book. It’s called The Soul Seekers and will be out August 7. I thank you for reading this, and thank you so much to the amazing Talli Roland! Until next time, up up and away!

Amy Saia lives in Kansas where she keeps busy as a writer, artist and musician. She has two very imaginative children, a cat named Grape, and a long-haired dachshund named Henry. You can find her online at: http://thatamysaia.blogspot.com/ and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amy.saia.3

Thank you, Amy. Have a great weekend, everyone!

37 comments:

  1. Sounds really interesting, Amy. And I LOVE your cover! I was a 'YA' in the 1970's - good to have someone fascinated with it! Best of luck with your launch. Will be looking out for it here. : )

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    1. Thanks Carol! While writing this book, I actually went back and read a couple of Paul Zindel novels, Judy Blume, etc to get a feel for the voice. The Pigman is such a great book.

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  2. Yoda as a love interest would just be weird!

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  3. If you're going to make him perfect, Superman fits the bill.

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  4. Superman is definitely much hotter than Yoda!! :)

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  5. Superman is great inspiration for a leading man! Congrats on your book!

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  6. What a great post, Amy! The book sounds awesome.

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  7. Happy Olympic Day Talli!! Yay!!!! And you got to see the torch! How wonderful!!!

    Hello Amy!!!! I love Superman when he's Clark Kent trying to get Lois's attention! Awwwww what a sweetie! Take care
    x

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  8. Alex and Jemi--Thank goodness I didn't go that direction, haha!

    L. Diane Wolfe- I know. Superman is the essence of perfection. Love him!

    Julie- Thank you!

    Sangu- Thank you!

    Old Kitty- Clark is so adorable. He stammers and stutters and . . . looks hot in those glasses. Christopher Reeve was awesome as both Clark Kent and Superman. Wish he was still around.

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  9. Sounds great, and I think your cover is awesome!

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  10. Yoda could be an interesting love interest for some . . . ;-)

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    1. I suppose . . . he's like the Woody Allen type with green skin.

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  11. Superman as a role model for your love interest, love it! Now that sounds intriguing.

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    1. Glad you love it. Thanks, Heather!

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  12. What a fun book! And a cool cover. Hope you sell bunches and bunches.

    Waving to Talli :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! I hope I do too : )

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  13. Yes to Superman, but Yoda does have his moments--just not very sexy ones.

    I'm glued to the Olympics. Watched the soccer last night until my eyes went red.

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  14. I love Superman too. I've always thought of him as a lonely person so your ghost idea fits right in.
    And what does Superman see in Lois Lane?

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    1. You're right--he does seem like a lonely character. I love it when he gets a little radical in movie 3--he's kind of sexy/evil.

      Lois Lane is always getting in trouble--it is rather annoying.

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  15. Great post, Amy, and excellent cover!

    Rumor has it that during the recordings of the Superman score, that bit with the Lois monologue mixed into the score has a distant scream. That's John Williams reacting in anger to the notion of his score getting messed with by a studio marketing chimp.

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    1. I can't blame him for being upset. I love his film scores. Thanks for the kind words!

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  16. Who wouldn't love something inspired by Superman? I'm intrigued! :)

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  17. Loved this post, Amy! Your take on the 70's really took me back. Your take on the Superman movies made me lol.

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    1. Hi, Karen! Glad I made you laugh : )

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  18. Hi, Amy,

    I have to agree with KarenG.... Great 70's take! Good luck!


    HI, Talli,

    Enjoy your weekend and the OLYMPICS! How lucky are you?!!!!

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  19. Cool to see the Olympic flame in your neighborhood!

    Amy, sounds like a great book, even though I'm more of a Han Solo girl. Good luck with it! :)

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  20. Thought you should know I had a Christopher Reeve poster on my dorm room wall! Though he was not draped in "polyester," he looked adorable in his blue sweater. Your book sounds wonderful, and I wish you the best of luck. Oh, and "hi" to Talli! Julie

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    1. I'm thinking of that blue sweater . . .

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  21. Great post to read Talli, wish I was you up there in London with the Olympics.
    Have a great week-end.
    Yvonne.

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  22. Nice to meet Amy! Thanks Talli! :)

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  23. Love your humour Amy. Your main character sounds cool! Thanks for hosting Amy, Talli. Sadly, not seeing much of the Olympics in Fiji. D

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  24. Smiling at this post,thanks Amy. I do like that cover. I wish you all the best. :-)

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  25. I definitely wouldn't mind if Superman saved me, though I also want to drive Batman's car. :) I also liked your description of the main character's feelings for William, because I think that a lot of people can relate to the idea of loving someone that they can't have.

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