I'm thrilled to offer readers a glimpse into the man known as Joe Sergi, who when not working for an unnamed government agency, is busy creating wondrous worlds for readers to escape to. In addition to the publication of short prose stories and articles in the horror, science fiction, and superhero genres, Joe Sergi has also written for comics in the romance, horror, science fiction, and superhero genres. Mr. Sergi was selected as a semi-finalist in the Who Wants to Create a Superheroine contest, sponsored by the Shadowline Imprint of Image Comics, in 2008.Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy is Joe Sergi's first novel.
First of all, could you tell us a bit about Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy? What is the story about, who are the characters, etc.
Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy tells the story of DeDe Christopher, an ordinary teen with an extraordinary destiny. She begins to discover that she is getting super powers that are similar to a fictional superhero named SkyBoy. Luckily, her best friend Jason is a self-proclaimed comic geek. Together they try to learn what is happening to DeDe and must confront the all too real enemies and allies of SkyBoy.
What do you want readers to take away from reading Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy?
Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy is a fun story that I hope entertains. At a deeper level, it is about taking responsibility and I hope DeDe will serve as a role model. She is independent and strong and knows what she wants. But, she is also responsible and knows what she has to do. How she handles that, tell a lot about her character.
What was the most fun about writing Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy?
I really enjoy writing the dialogue between DeDe and Jason. For example, there is this fun joke that runs through the series involving the need for DeDe to develop good super hero banter. As every comic fan knows, every hero is responsible for learning how to crack wise in the face of danger. Perhaps these jokes provide a psychological advantage, throwing their adversaries off guard by making them angry. Maybe, the humor is their only weapon against the dark world of evil they inhabit. Sky Girl is still relatively new to the proper way to converse with the enemy. A fact Jason reminds her every chance he gets. He is just trying to help, but it doesn’t always come off that way.