Today is the first official day of Autumn, at least in the United States. This is the perfect season for all things superheroes – the TV shows like The Flash and Supergirl are coming back and in theaters, we’ll soon be seeing Justice League and the new Thor film. I, for one, can’t wait for all things superhero, and that includes superhero themed books like Dreadnought and the sequel Sovereign by April Daniels – both out now!
Author Interview With April Daniels
1. How did the idea for Danny’s story first come to you? Did it start with the superheroes, a character, something else?
It sort of all gelled at once. I decided I wanted to write the book I wish I’d had when I was 15, and I wanted it to be a blatant power fantasy for trans girls. Superheroes naturally fit that goal, so that’s what I went with. Generally, that’s how my process works. I get the really high concept idea first, and I start filling out the details from there.
2. How did the superhero name Dreadnought come about?
I knew that the protagonist needed a good name or else the book wouldn’t work, so I spent a while brainstorming options. Several of them that I didn’t pick, like Carapace, ended up becoming supporting characters instead. Eventually I hit on the idea of looking at Wikipedia’s list of British warships, since the Brits tend to be super dramatic and hardcore about the names in their navy. Dreadnought was at the top of the list, and I stopped reading at that point.
3. Who are your favorite superheroes?
I am tremendously bad at picking favorites. Sorry.
4. Did you always plan on Danny’s story being a duology? Any plan for more superhero books?
Yes, I plan on revisiting these characters and this setting. It’s a little early to say exactly how, but I’m very excited to return to this story.
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