Author Chat with Gracie Dix (Welcome To Superhero School), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Gracie Dix author of
Welcome To Superhero School.
Read on for more about Gracie and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Gracie Dix!
Graceanne "Gracie" Dix is a high school author. When she isn't writing, she can be found singing, creating art, in the theatre, volunteering, or playing tennis. She loves to travel and is a loyal friend. Gracie lives in Dallas, Texas with her parents, Richard and Jennifer, her brother, Nate, whenever he is home from college, and her beloved dogs, Snowball and Sandcastle ("Sandy").
Meet Welcome To Superhero School!
Welcome to Superhero School! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork. From subterranean sewers to lush jungle, from dinosaurs to dragons, our heroes will be pushed to their limits in ways they’d never imagined. Will their collective Powers—Flight, Morphing, Invisibility, Mind Reading, and more—be enough for them to overcome the malevolence of Vork? Or will they stumble over their own doubts and painful histories?
This action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor will take our heroes to thrilling new heights and a deeper understanding of their own place in the world. But will that be enough—or will Vork always be one step ahead?
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Welcome to Superhero School actually started out as part of a submission to an online poetry and short story contest. The contest required me to write 50,000 words—which is a lot! As I was thinking about what I would write about, the first thing that came to my mind was superheroes. I love superheroes and all things fantasy.
I started writing and when I got to 50,000, I thought: Why not keep going? Why not keep writing and put it out there for the world to see? I ended up writing more than 70,000 words and Welcome to Superhero School was born! Then I wanted to make sure as many people as possible could read the manuscript, so I decided to turn it into a book available to readers everywhere.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is Nick Gator. I feel like I have a deep connection with his character because he has many of the attributes that I admire in my friends, such as loyalty, bravery and respect. But really, I love all my characters!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The chicken or the egg? The novel came first. I needed to have a good idea about the content before I came up with the title.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There is a scene in the book where the main characters are in a flying car on their way back to Superhero School. One of the characters, Will, gets upset. He is fed up with all the drama and pressure, so he tries to quit the team. Nick and Oliver step in to convince him that they are all in this together and that everyone has to look out for one another. Their friendship and their mission are too important for Will to quit. I really love this scene because it demonstrates the strength and perseverance of the characters and highlights the trust the group has built in learning how to work together.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I have learned that you can’t fall in love with the first draft. You must be willing to make changes. I learned from my editor that just because you like the way things are written doesn’t mean they can’t be improved. I had to overcome my stubbornness and let myself be open to change.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Everything! I love the way the dinosaurs are drawn—they look ferocious and scary. I also love the way the superpowers are depicted. Developing the cover took a lot of time and work and I wrote a blog post about the process. The cover was inspired by a scene from the book and it came out even better than I had hoped.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
There are a lot of middle grade fantasy and action and adventure books coming out in 2020 to look forward to. I love a good series, so I am especially excited about Stuart Gibbs’ latest book in the Spy School Series.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have written a short prequel, Journey to Superhero School, available now on Amazon Kindle. And I am currently working on a sequel to Welcome to Superhero School, Book Two in The Vork Chronicle Series, in which the characters get invited to participate in a popular game show, but their experience turns out to be a little more sinister than expected!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I think Avery. The personality I had in mind for her is difficult to describe, which made her dialogue more challenging to write. I was going for spontaneous but in-control and sassy, yet also compassionate and considerate. Despite the difficulties, I love how her character turned out and I think it lines up perfectly with the personality I had in mind.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely drafting. The creative experience of drafting is less meticulous than revising. Let’s be honest, even though it has to be done, revising is a lot of work and takes a lot of time!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I think empathy is my superpower. It’s sort of like how the twins in Welcome to Superhero School, Jessica and Oliver, have a super sense and can tell how people are feeling even if their body language doesn't show it. I can do the same with my friends, which makes it easier to know how they are feeling. I also say that ADHD is my superpower. I think my ability to focus on what other people might miss is part of why my empathy is so strongly developed.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I love animals and helping others. When I decided to publish this book, I knew that I wanted to use part of the proceeds to do something good. I’m excited to be partnering with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCAI), so that a portion of the proceeds from my book can help animals to live safe, healthy and happy lives.
Welcome To Superhero School
By: Gracie Dix
Publisher: Toast Industries
Release Date: April 28th, 2020
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