Usually, when I post one of these interviews with an author who has a book coming out, I’ll post a little blurb as background and history and then include the cover art. Due to the absolutely breath-taking and eye-catching artwork for Laurie Boyle Crompton’s debut novel BLAZE (OR LOVE IN THE TIME OF SUPERVILLAINS) I figured I’d just put up that cover and let the picture be worth those thousand words.
Really, I mean, just look at it. Most amazing of all is that the incredible cover up there was actually the second cover (and title) for the book. And the first cover was also great. This one, which seems to capture the actual movement of the hair, is just incredible though. For more on the story of the cover art, there’s an interview with the editor of BLAZE over on EMU’s Debuts.
Laurie was kind (and patient) enough to visit to help celebrate the launch this week of her debut novel, BLAZE (OR LOVE IN THE TIME OF SUPERVILLAINS):
PAS: What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you there yet?
LBC: A veterinarian. Then when I realized that would probably mean dealing with sick and dying animals I switched to wanting to be a writer.
I’m so thrilled to be able to call myself an author! Totally nailed that dream. And the very best part about being published is that now I get to continue writing.
PAS: If you could talk to the 15-year-old Laurie for five minutes, what would you tell yourself?
LBC: I’d tell 15-year-old Laurie that it’s okay that she’s spending too much time reading comics! That one day she’ll be able to call it all research – hee hee. And to maybe stop worrying about not fitting in. I wish she could know that over time marching to the beat of her own drum will feel more and more natural and that one day she’ll even help a few others hear that off-beat too.
PAS: Finally, the fun questions: favorite superhero?
LBC: Absolutely Jean Grey. Coolest superpowers. Hunky X-men pals. Need I say more?
PAS: Superpower you’d most want?
LBC: Flying! Honestly, more than a grown woman should wish she could fly.
PAS: Least favorite super-villain?
LBC: Red Skull always gave me the creeps – but Wow! did I love him in the movie with Capt! The worst ones are usually sort of best, too, aren’t they?