Please say hello to J.K. Pendragon and
Junior Hero Blues
Last year, Javier Medina was your average socially awkward gay high schooler with a chip on his shoulder. This year, he’s . . . well, pretty much the same, but with bonus superpowers, a costume with an ab window to show off his new goods, and a secret identity as the high-flying, wise-cracking superhero Blue Spark.
But being a Junior Hero means that Javier gets all the responsibility and none of the cool gadgets. It’s hard enough working for the Legion of Liberty and fighting against the evil Organization, all while trying to keep on top of schoolwork and suspicious parents. Add in a hunky boyfriend who’s way out of Javier’s league, and an even hunkier villain who keeps appearing every time said boyfriend mysteriously disappears, and Blue Spark is in for one big dollop of teenage angst. All while engaging in some epic superhero action and, oh yeah, an all-out battle to protect Liberty City from the forces of evil.
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We had a chance to ask the author a few questions...
1. What inspires you? What gets you writing?
I'm not exactly the best at communication in person. I'm awkward and shy, and rarely express myself the way I want to, and a lot of time that makes me feel a bit disconnected from the people around me. I guess writing is my way of communicating with others, a way of making a connection and sharing myself with people. I write as a way of self-expression, and knowing that the words I'm writing will be read and hopefully enjoyed by others is really my main motivation for writing. I have so many stories and worlds in my head, and I'm privileged to have a skill that allows me to share them with people.
2. What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
Although I prefer to write by the seat of my pants, I've found that I'm a LOT more productive when I have at least a basic outline. I'm definitely not the spreadsheets, sticky-notes type, but if I know basically where the story is going and what the plot points are beforehand, it saves me a lot of floundering during the actual writing.
3. Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
Actually my favourite character has to be Javier, aka Blue Spark from the book I'm promoting right now, Junior Hero Blues! Javier is a lot like me, and he has a really hilarious, sarcastic voice that is a complete blast to write in. I can't wait to do more from him.
4. Which character is your least favorite, and why?
Actually two characters- Luke's aunts from Ink & Flowers. I don't think they're badly written characters, but they're pretty horrible people. Really insidiously awful, the kind that act sweet and like they're just trying to do what's best for you when they really just have their own selfish desires in mind. Those kind of people set my teeth on edge, so it was kind of cathartic writing them.
5. If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
This is a really difficult one. I think in To Summon Nightmares there's a kind of unnecessary scene where the main character Cohen is giving himself his testosterone shot, that I think I only really put in there because I thought it seemed necessary to include when writing a book about a trans character. I have no idea why I thought that, but I remember adding it in in edits, and I probably wouldn't bother if I was writing the book today.
6. What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
I'm actually taking a break from writing right now. A combination of anxiety and depression has really burnt me out, so I've decided to take a hiatus in 2017. I may still write, but I want to relieve myself of the pressure to produce anything in particular. I think that pressure can be really difficult for a lot of authors to handle, and I want to make sure I don't lose sight of why I enjoy writing. I hope to be back in 2018 with some more great books though!
7. Anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
Just thank you to everyone who reads and promotes my books, writes reviews or sends lovely messages to me saying that they enjoyed. You guys make my life!
Meet the author:
J.K. Pendragon is a Canadian author with a love of all things romantic and fantastical. They first came to the queer-fiction community through m/m romance, but soon began to branch off into writing other queer fiction. As a bisexual and genderqueer person, J.K. is dedicated to producing diverse, entertaining fiction that showcases characters across the rainbow spectrum, and provides queer characters with the happy endings they are so often denied.
After writing in the romance community for several years, Junior Hero Blues is J.K.'s first book for young adults. Having been very positively affected by the queer books they came across as a teen, J.K. hopes their young adult books can have a similar effect on teens who may have a harder time finding books about people like themselves.
Notable works by J.K. Pendragon include Ink & Flowers, a contemporary romance novel with coming out themes, and To Summon Nightmares, a horror-fantasy that follows the journey of a young trans man into a world of magic and danger. To Summon Nightmares is the winner of the 2015 Rainbow Awards' Best Transgender Fiction award. J.K. also contributed to Less Than Three Press's Geek Out: A Collection of Trans and Genderqueer Romance.
J.K. currently resides in British Columbia, Canada, with a boyfriend, a cat, and a large collection of artisanal teas that they really need to get around to drinking. They are always happy to chat, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To celebrate the release of Junior Hero Blues, three lucky winners will receive $15 in Amazon credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 12, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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