Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas @daniellebanas @XpressoTours

The Supervillain and Me
Danielle Banas
(Morriston Superheroes #1)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 10th 2018
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Young Adult

As witty as it is heartpounding, this fresh take on the beloved superhero genre is all about finding your own way to shine even when it seems everyone else around you is, well… super.

Never trust a guy in spandex.

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees―they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Supervillain and Me is a hilarious, sweet, and action-packed novel by debut author Danielle Banas that proves no one is perfect, not even superheroes.

Interview with Danielle Banas

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Supervillain and Me?

My characters all are pretty dorky – but like in the best way possible. My main character, Abby, is a huge theatre nerd. She really couldn’t care less about all the superheroes in her city; she’s just trying to get a good role in her school musical. And then her brother, Connor, is a famous superhero, but he’s also the typical teenage guy. He’s almost always eating something, and he’s very protective of his little sister, which is understandable considering the city they live in is a hot mess. The fictional town of Morriston that I created for this book would be a cool place to live in theory, what with the superheroes and all, but really it’s just smarter to run the other way. The crime rate in that place is out of control. And lastly, as for the “villain” in The Supervillain and Me…I don’t want to say too much about him because of spoilers, but I do refer to him in my head as the Sass Master, so I think that says everything it needs to.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I don’t think I’m allowed to say much about it yet, but I am drafting my next book at the moment. All I can tell you is that it will definitely have quirky characters and a healthy dose of sarcasm. I love making people laugh, so I always try to pack in as many jokes as possible whenever I’m writing.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

It really depends. I’ve made it through first drafts in three or four months before, but that’s basically a miracle for me because I’m a pretty slow writer. For Supervillain, I started writing it during the summer after my junior year of college and finished during the fall semester of my senior year. So it took a little less than six months. Then it went through six or seven rounds of edits between the first draft and the final book, so start to finish, it’s been about a four year process.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Harry Potter for the win. Deathly Hallows is my favorite, followed by Order of the Phoenix. When I was in elementary school, I would spend a good chunk of my summer vacation reading and rereading all the books because I didn’t want to read one of them more than the others. No lie, I’ve read each one ten times. I still remember my mom yelling at me because I wouldn’t go outside and play; I’d just sit on the couch and read Harry Potter.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from The Supervillain and Me who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

So I feel like Connor (aka Red Comet) would be the most fun to hang out with for a day. He was actually my favorite character to write, mostly because so much of what he says and does is just really out there. He’s a lovable doofus for sure, and he has such a huge heart. I’m an only child, but if I had a brother, I wouldn’t mind having one like him. As for what we would do… Connor has two loves in his life – Disney and Mexican food. Coincidentally, I also love Disney and Mexican food. So first we would get some lunch (he favors the burrito, but I’m more of a quesadilla person). Then we would go to Disney World and ride the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom over and over and recite all of the amazingly lame dad jokes. After that, I could totally see him dragging me on Space Mountain, which is one of my least favorite rides because it always gives me a major headache.

What was the hardest scene from The Supervillain and Me to write?

Honestly, the entire second half of the book was pretty tough. When I wrote the first draft, I was mainly doing it for my own enjoyment while I was on summer break; I never imagined that the story would eventually be published. I barely did any outlining. (Oops.) I had a decent idea of what I wanted to do for the first half, but then I hit the second half and was like, “Oh crap. Now what?” Thankfully, I think it turned out really well.

What made you want to become a writer?

Well, if I’m being technical, then I’ve wanted to tell stories since I was two years old and decided that my goal in life was to be exactly like the kids on Barney. But realistically, I didn’t want to become a writer until my junior year of college. I took a creative writing class as an elective, and all the students in it were such talented writers that I really felt like I needed to push myself to do well. I gained so much confidence in my writing during that class, and after it was over I really missed it. (And I wasn’t a big fan of school at all, so for me to actually be sad that a class was over was a HUGE deal.) That was when I wrote the first draft of Supervillain. At first I was only doing it for fun, but after a while I started to think to myself, “This is kind of good. Maybe you can get this published one day.” Deep down inside I knew that even if it wasn’t that story, then somehow, someday I would get something else published instead. When I set a goal, I’m too stubborn and too obsessed with succeeding to let it go.

Just for fun

(a Favorite song: "Bohemian Rhapsody"

(b Favorite book: The entire Harry Potter series

(c Favorite movie: Forrest Gump

(d Favorite TV show: Riverdale and Property Brothers are my favorite shows that are on currently, but I love love love Seinfeld reruns.

(e Favorite Food: Key lime pie

(f Favorite drink: Lemonade (unless we’re talking adult beverages, then I’m a margarita fan

(g Favorite website: I’m a sucker for a good Buzzfeed article.

Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

Author Bio:

Danielle Banas, a Pittsburgh native, earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University. After years spent dreaming up characters instead of paying attention in class, Danielle joined the storytelling platform Wattpad, where her work has received millions of views online. When she isn’t writing, she can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Walt Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME is her debut novel.

Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @daniellebanas



Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour!

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