No, not Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Not even Tim McGee. Here is my guest today:
In addition to being a television personality, she’s also a writer! A pen-monkey, just like me!
Genevieve Pearson was a contestant on TBS’s King of the Nerds. Having collected action figures and comic books from a young age, she always dreamed of being an action hero. When she grew up, she decided writing about them would be the next best thing. She now divides her time between Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. She hopes one day to have a room big enough to show off all of her Batman toys.
Tell us about your books, Genevieve!
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Nerds, nerds, nerds! Anyone who’s read my books will soon discover there is a special place in my heart for a nerdy boy or girl. I’ve always been drawn to a pair of glasses, and favored brainy minds over brawny arms…though there is no rule that says you can’t have both.
Chasing Power started when I had the thought: What if you were a nerd and you had super powers? But, they turned out to be kind of lame? Al, Lane and Harry don’t exactly have Mystery Men (remember that movie?) low-level abilities, but I tried to make their Talents have the kind of ‘catch’ that traditional superheroes don’t, handicapping the very thing that would make them super. Harry, movie geek and grouchy introvert, can call down lightning but only at great physical cost, and only once every day or so. Funny and socially inept Al’s ability to fiddle with the mechanics of machines only works with things he can touch. And brainy Lane may be a little more socially adept than his buds, but his empathic abilities can hurt him almost as much as they help. Samantha, the heroine and, probably, the nerdiest nerd of them all if social awkwardness figures into your definitions (which it does, in most), can’t even figure out what, exactly, her Talent even is. Just that it tends to manifest in ways that screw up her life.
Putting nerds into the superhero game—making my heroes not the naturally most handsome, outgoing, charming millionaires on the block, but actual people who were actually ostracized—was one of my goals in the Powers series of books. Only the first in the series is out so far, but there are many more planned, starring both Samantha and her guy-friends but also starring a number of social outcasts who have to deal with the realities that super powers aren’t exactly as awesome as comic books make them seem. Just like how, in the real world, we nerds sometimes have to deal with the fact that brain power isn’t always the boon we might think it should be.
When business student Samantha Gibson finds herself cornered by a euro-trash Darth Vader wannabe in a dark alley, it’s a nightmare end to a terrible week. Of course super powers aren’t real–until someone’s using theirs to bash your head in.
It turns out that a one-in-a-million accident has caused her to catch the attention of the Talents, a group of humans with amazing abilities. And a surprising number would rather have her dead than competing with them. Sam’s happy to tell anyone who’ll listen to her that she doesn’t actually have super powers. The problem is getting anyone to listen to her.
Enter Lane, Al, and Harry, three nerdy best friends and Talents. While their powers may not be glamorous, or even all that super, they’re determined to do the right thing. They grab Samantha and hit the road, racing cross-country towards a group offering protection.
To independent Sam, each minute of being a damsel in distress is like an iron spike in her foot. It’s possible that friendship and love aren’t the liability she thought they were, but it’s also possible that she might not live to find out. Because with stronger and stranger opposition barring their way, safe haven may be a pipe dream in a world where everyone is chasing power…
As plagues descend on her tiny town, Kyrie finds herself facing down Death, Pestilence, Famine and War in a fight for the survival of the small town she calls home. But as myth becomes reality and discoveries are made that shake her to her core, she begins to waver in her conviction of right and wrong. Temptation waits in the dark of stormy Texas nights, and if Kyrie cant find the will to fight any longer, the end of days are only just beginning.
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Where to buy my books: http://www.amazon.com/Genevieve-Pearson/e/B005EYW0UK/
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Wow! I’m hooked! Imma put some tape on the bridge of my glasses and READ THESE BOOKS! 🙂
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Think of three marginally useful super-powers and inconvenient limitations for them.