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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Interview with The Vindico author, Wesley King

I'm thrilled to have debut author, Wesley King on the blog today to talk about his recent release, The Vindico.

I love that your book is described as X-Men meets The Breakfast Club. How would you describe your book in 5 words or less?

 Teens with superpowers—bad idea.  

I'm intrigued with the idea that in order to have a superpower, you first have to become a supervillain. If you were to become a supervillain what power would you choose to have and why?

Hmm, that’s a good question. I always think of the power I’d want if I was going to be a superhero, but it might change if my goal is crime and calamity. I think I’d go with telepathy. There’s something inherently wrong about going into people’s minds, so you might as well be a bad guy. There aren’t many morally good things you can do with telepathy.

Which of your characters did you enjoy seeing develop as your story went from drafts to the final book?

All five protégés in general. I felt like I was seeing them grow, which is ironic, because they actually became younger as the drafts progressed. I even had to cut two of them. But if I had to choose one, I think I liked seeing Sam slowly develop into a stronger character who is going to have a big role in future books. Hayden started as a loveable jerk and ended as a loveable jerk. I knew how he would turn out from the first draft.

What were some of your favorite books to read as a teen?

A really random assortment. A lot of classics: War and Peace, A Tale of Two Cities, Dr. Zhivago, Moby Dick. In my younger teens I read just about every Star Wars book ever written—I was pretty cool—and Lord of the Rings three times as well. Ironically I was reading War and Peace in my teens and have now read Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Inheritance Cycle in my twenties. Teen fiction is awesome. I was missing out.

If you could write one super hero or super villain into your book, who would that character be and why?

I have literally never thought of that. Hmm. I’ll say Wolverine, because he’d fit right in with my cast and I’d love to write dialogue between him and Hayden. Wolverine would hate him, which of course would make Hayden harass him all the more.

The Vindico are a group of supervillains who have been fighting the League of Heroes for as long as anyone can remember. Realizing they’re not as young as they used to be, they devise a plan to kidnap a group of teenagers to take over for them when they retire—after all, how hard can it be to teach a bunch of angsty teens to be evil?

Held captive in a remote mansion, five teens train with their mentors and receive superpowers beyond their wildest dreams. Struggling to uncover the motives of the Vindico, the teens have to trust each other to plot their escape. But they quickly learn that the differences between good and evil are not as black and white as they seem, and they are left wondering whose side they should be fighting on after all . . .
With fast-paced action, punchy dialogue, and sarcastic humor, this high-stakes adventure from a talented new YA voice pulls you in from the first page -quoted from Goodreads

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