Welcome back to the blog tour for Supergirl at Super Hero High!
Today, we have author Lisa Yee on the blog to talk about her writing process, how she works with DC and more! Read on for her fabulous interview!
(And then get the book, because this really is one of my favorite new series!)
A Q&A with Lisa Yee
Author of Supergirl at Super Hero High
July 2016, Random House BYFR
Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. We're big fans on the blog - I've been following the adventures of Peepy since before becoming a blogger - so it's an honor!
1) First things first: tell us about Supergirl at Super Hero High! (Bonus points if you can summarize the book in a perfectly-crafted tweet!)
After her planet explodes, Kara finds herself at Super Hero High where she seeks to carve out a new life with her newfound powers . . . as a superhero named Supergirl.
And here's the Tweet version:
Planet BOOM! Kara = powers => Super Hero High => Supergirl
2) Supergirl at Super Hero High is the second book in the Super Hero Girls series, which means that readers have gotten the chance to become acclimated with your version of this wonderfully crafted fictional world.
Could you tell us a little more on how you decided where to start Supergirl's journey, and how you straddled that line between utilizing your imagination, and using pre-existing DC universe elements to influence her overall character arc?
It was fascinating to imagine Kara, the alien she was before landing on Earth, and to write about how her tragic past informed her future. By creating dialogue between Kara and her parents the last time they saw each other, I was able to perhaps fill in some gaps in her story.
I used "loss" as a key word when writing about Supergirl. It was this feeling that motivated her, and even brought her down at times. Though she is fun, funny and loved, like most teens, she is unsure of who she's supposed to be. By the end of the book Supergirl has to come to terms with her past and make some serious decisions about her future.
3) On a related note: as a novice ot the DC universe, there were many elements of Supergirl at Super Hero High that intrigued me, including the mention of the Boom Tubes.
I was motivated enough to want to seek out the comics and TV show, and to also watch more from the DC cinematic universe. So my question for you is two-fold:
a) Just how do you decide what elements of the DCU that you want to include?
When I first started writing for DC Comics, I was given a "Bible" that included the superheroes and villains, etc. I was able to read that and research. Plus, I have people like Mike Carlin at DC to bounce ideas off of.