Friday, 29 March 2013

Interview with Cambria Covell, author of Heroes House

At the Other End:
Teenager Piper Powell and her older, mutant brother Phil find themselves in need of a place to live when they get kicked out of their home. So when a group of vigilantes offer them a place to stay in their top secret, hidden mansion aka headquarters it seems like a dream come true. The only problem is that when they get there Phil is mysteriously kidnapped leaving Piper alone with a group of strange superheroes. Among them is the group’s leader Ryder Royal, a young, billionaire CEO who inherited the genetics research company that her parents worked at. It’s also the same lab that resulted in the creation of mutants in the first place thanks to a mad man named Doctor Shelley who was using their resources to make human weapons and animal-human hybrids. Piper’s parents happened to be partners with the mad man until they decided to turn Shelly in when they discovered his work with the mutants. This led to a tragic explosion in which her parents as well as Ryder’s father died. With Phil missing and other members of the group vanishing too Piper and Ryder have no choice but to team up to figure out who’s responsible. But when Piper makes a startling discovery connecting Phil and his abilities to Ryder’s family Piper must ask herself is the kidnapping random or is there something more sinister at work?

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Author Bio:
Hi. My names Cambria. I'm a girl, aged 22. I l have an unhealthy obsession with movies, especially if they're from the Golden Age, and I can't listen to my music at normal volume. I love reading and ice cream is my weakness. Katharine Hepburn is my favorite actress. Humphrey Bogart is my favorite actor. J.K. Rowling is my favorite author, inspiration, and role model also I am secretly convinced she is the goddess of writing. I've worked in two haunted houses, a place with a castle for an office and a mouse for a boss called Disneyland, and I grew up around animals like Dolphins and Clydesdale's. And if The Doctor ever wanted to pick me up for a trip in the Tardis I would be completely okay with that. If you want to say hi which I hope you do.

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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)

I haven’t really done a lot professionally writing wise yet. Although I was active on Figment and Inkpop for a while. I had a story on those websites called The Devil Prince and Rose.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Mostly I’m just hoping that people will like it. And since I’m self-published I also spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to spread the word. Plus there’s a lot of face palming and “oh my god what am I doing” because I have no clue what I’m doing.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
Heroes House is about a teenage girl named Piper Powell whose brother Phil is a mutant with a dangerous ability that takes her to live with a group of vigilantes he becomes part of. I wanted to write a heroes journey type thing through the eyes of someone who wasn’t a hero. Because if you think about it if someone you loved decided to start running around wearing a mask and a cape to save people you’d probably think they had lost it. Originally it was going to be from a girlfriend’s perspective but I decided to make it from the sisters instead because I wanted to have a character that could point out the heroes flaws when needed. Because Phil might be saving the day but he is anything but perfect. And I’m a big fan of anything involving superheroes.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
At first it sort of sucks but I just remind myself that not everyone is going to like the same thing. That’s what makes us human.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
I got the idea about summer 2011. I wrote several variations of it but the finished product was done in summer 2012. I edited it for several months after that. I had originally queried it a bit but after looking into self-publishing some I decided that was the way to go.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
My friend Sierra Holcomb made the cover. I’ve known her for forever and I was really grateful that she wanted to help me with it. I got the picture of it in the break room at work on my phone. I had to stop myself from freaking out because I didn’t want to look like an idiot. The cover shows Piper standing in front of the outlines of the heroes and Piper has this brilliant red hair flying that reminds me of a cape. I wanted to have her be the focus. I didn’t want the traditional hero-clutching-girl cover. The only thing I knew about the cover originally was that I wanted Piper to be on it and for her to look kind of kick butt. And I think she does.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I’m hoping to write a sequel for Heroes House and right now I’m working on a story that involves time travel. It’s sort of Inception meets Doctor Who. And I’m very excited about it.

8. Top 5 books
• Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

• The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

• I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block

• Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

• Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Anything by Francesa Lia Block. I just love her writing style. Reading one of her books is like being on sensory overload and you can see everything that’s going. Plus I love the way she writes about Los Angeles.

10. Why read your novel?
It’s got hot superhero guys, ninjas, a comforting British butler who may or may not have been MI6 at one point that makes really great tea, and a feisty redheaded heroine. And because Piper promises to bake you cookies if you do. And no, despite what Phil says they’re not suck up ones. ;)

1 comment:

  1. What an entertaining post, Heroes House sounds real good! Thanks for sharing Gina


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