Tags: coming of age, Elemental series, H.I.V.E., middle grade, pre-teens, speculative fiction, super heroes, Super Villain Academy series, super villains, teens, Vicious, ya, Ya fantasy, young Adult, young adult book, Young Adult fiction, Young adult speculative fiction
Do the Super Bad, Super Villains need an Academy?
Kai, tell us where you were born.Â
I was born and raised in small town Wisconsin. The village of Brown Deer to be exact. Iâ€™m very proud of my midwest roots. I think the crazy winters helped me gain character and the wholesome people helped keep me grounded.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?Â
Oh, that shifts daily. Heck, maybe hourly. The waiting. Marketing. Unfavorable reviews. Avoiding social media snark. Editing. Big huge ugh to edtiting! There is a lot of difficult. Luckily there is lots of good fun, too. Favorable reviews. Reader communication. Classroom visits. Monthly lunches with fellow writers.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?Â
My husband. He has supported me 100% of the way. Encouraging me during my many insecure moments. Cheering my successes and commiserating my failures. I donâ€™t believe Iâ€™d have made it to my first publication if he hadnâ€™t been in my corner.Â
Who or What inspired you to write this book?Â
Super Bad is the third book in the Super Villain Academy series. I always knew where I intended to take the story, but my oldest son influenced how I was going to get it there. Heâ€™s a sailor with the United States Navy. He contacted me after he read Polar Opposites (book 2 in the series) to tell me how much he liked the main character Jeff/Polar as a bad guy. Jeff had always been a villain, but circumstances in the second book lead him to tip over the edge to â€œreally ticked off bad guyâ€. So when my son contacted me to say he really liked that side of Jeffâ€¦well, a mother canâ€™t disappoint her son.
What is the name of your new book?Â
Super Bad, Super Villain Academy book 3
Tell us more about it.Â
Super Bad is the unexpected conclusion to the Super Villain Academy series. Hereâ€™s the blurb:
The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with the supers still balanced, itâ€™s only getting worse. Without good versus evil, the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first place is missing.
Sandraâ€™s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isnâ€™t her only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new ankle. And though sheâ€™s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source, sheâ€™s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by stealing his girlfriend.
When Sandra is taken and held as bait by some kids who want to unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, â€œHero or villain?â€
What genre does your book fall under?Â
Young adult speculative fiction.
What other books would you compare to?Â
Young adult version of Vicious or H.I.V.E.
Super villain/hero version of Elemental series.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?Â
First and foremost I want readers to have fun. If they happen to question where their personal line between good and evil liesâ€¦well thatâ€™s bonus.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?Â
It was published by Whiskey Creek Press.
Where can we find your book?Â
Super Bad is available in print and electronic formats from:
Barnes & NobleÂ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/super-bad-kai-strand/1121797862?ean=2940151238243&isbn=2940151238243
Whiskey Creek PressÂ http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1304