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Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez
Publication Date: July 5, 2018
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.
When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.
With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.
But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.
1. What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
I have ADD, so I can never have just one project going at a time. I usually have one in draft, one in edits, and one in the planning stages. I try to accomplish at least something on all three WIPs each day. When it comes to writing, my goals is to sit my butt in front of my computer and write at least 500 words before I let myself get up for any reason. Sometimes those 500 words are awful, but sometimes they end up in the final draft. If I can do at least three 500-word sprints a day, I’m happy. However, there are days where I’ll write several chapters. I learned a long time ago to take advantage of my moments of inspiration. That doesn’t mean I let myself slack off the next day, though; I still force myself to write at least 1,500 words.
2. What sort of research did you do for this book?
Most of my research was around competitive swimming. I interviewed high school and college athletes, read a lot, and watched numerous swim meets on YouTube. Even though the swimming isn’t the main plot, I wanted it to ring true as much as possible. I also did a fair amount of research on superheroes. I wanted to know what other writers had come up with previously to make sure my book had the right feel, but also was unique enough to stand out.
3. What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?
I have a sequel in early draft and hope my publisher will be interested in it. I guess a lot will depend on how well SUPERHERO HIGH does. I also have a book coming out with Entangled Publishing next year about a high school prom going horribly, hilarious wrong, that I co-wrote with the fabulous Jen DiGiovanni. We’re currently collaborating on another project. And finally, I’m drafting the fifth book in The Union series, titled THE RESISTANCE.
4. How did you come up for the idea of your book?
I saw Sky High, a Disney movie about teenage superheroes, with my kids and fell in love with the concept. I kept taking that idea and twisting it around, turning it upside down and inside out, until I came up with my plot for SUPERHERO HIGH.
5. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I’m currently binge-watching the final season on Breaking Bad on Neftlix. I have a love-hate relationship with it now. The writing is brilliant and the acting is among the best I’ve ever seen, but I’ve come to loathe nearly every character on the show. Also, my daughter got me hooked on Wynonna Earp. The special effects are cheesy but the dialogue is outstanding and the acting is superb!
About the Author
T.H. Hernandez is a published author of young adult novels. THE UNION, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. SUPERHERO HIGH, an urban scifi teenage romance, is releasing July 5, 2018.
She thrives on coffee of any kind, though pumpkin spice lattes are her favorite. Her free time is spent hiking, reading, painting, and binge-watching Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. She adores Star Wars, Comic-Con, Doctor Who, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three who share her home.
When She’s not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, you can find her in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband, three teenagers, who are far too tall to be considered children, a bearded dragon, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, lovingly referred to as the puppycat.