I’ve mentioned here and there that the StrikeForce series is a bit of a creative leap for me, and, as a result, I’ve gotten a few questions about what to expect. Since I received another similar question today via DM on Facebook, I figured this might be a good time to offer a little insight into the series. Besides, we’re only TWELVE days away now! (Eep!)
In my author note for the book, I spend a bit of time talking about how much superhero comics have influenced both the way I spend my leisure time and the way I approach my writing. My husband was majorly into comic books as a kid and teenager, and kept insisting that I would probably like them. I just never took him up on it, for one reason or another, and then I started reading Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series. Since I enjoyed her novels so much, my husband bought me her complete run of X-23.
And I was hooked. I’ve been reading comics, and particularly superhero comics, ever since. I’ve fallen in love with so many characters and have had the privilege of talking to some of the amazing people who write them via social media. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Deadpool, Red Sonja), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet), and Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps, Heart in a Box) have all been huge inspirations to me in terms of both work ethic and in terms of telling stories that I just can’t get enough of.
So my goal going into this series is to bring the experience of reading a great superhero comic series to you in novel form. I want the crazy, dramatic action, the inter-personal relationships and complications that they bring, the hero vs. villain epic struggles, the romance, the rivalries, the humor… I want it all. That’s what I’m hoping to deliver here.
I’ve found that my favorite superheroes are those that try really, really hard, but are far from perfect. I love the outsider story, I love the underdogs. I love writing people who are confused and unsure and not nearly as confident as they could be. I love writing the occasional unlikeable character. Again, that’s what I want to bring to this series.
The books won’t be overly long — around 70,000 words, which is about the length of the first Hidden book. They will be episodic in nature. You could probably read each book as a stand-alone, but you’ll get a lot more out of it if you read them all (at least, I think so) because there is character growth between books.
How long will the series be?
That depends mainly on me. It will keep going until I get tired of writing it. It’s the type of series that will allow me to spend an arc or two on other characters before coming back to Jolene, if I needed to do that for some reason. It’s the type of series that I can come back to whenever I feel like it. I’m planning to write it for a good long while, in between working on my other series. I’ll have the first three or four books out through early next year, and then I’ll release them whenever I have another superhero story to tell.
I hope you guys love it. I’m having so much fun writing it.
I’ll have a playlist post up next week sometime, and we’ll get ready to do our countdown to release day. Thanks, as always, for reading. You’re the best!