author: David Solmons / images courtaey of Penguin Young Readers

author: David Solomons / images courtesy of Penguin Young Readers

I enjoyed David Solomons books so much that I did an interview with him! Here is the Q&A for the books My Brother Is A Superhero and My Gym Teacher Is An Alien Overlord.

GeekKid Brandon: Where did you get the idea of becoming an author?

David Solomons: File under ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’. From an early age, I enjoyed playing with language (I have a weakness for puns), but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve attempted to write novels. For a long time I only wrote screenplays, which I still love to do, but being an author lets me be a writer, director, actors, and catering all at the same time, which is fun.

GK: Where did you come up with the name “Zack”?

DS: When my wife was pregnant with our first child we came up with a shortlist of names for our soon-to-be-born offspring (we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl). We narrowed it down to Luke, Zack, and Lara. I stole all the names for characters in my novel. And just to confuse fiction and reality, my son is Luke and my daughter, Lara.

GK: Are you going to continue the series of  My Brother Is A Superhero or end it at the book My Gym Teacher Is An Alien Overlord?

DS: The saga continues! At the end of My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord we are left with a big question – who is Stellar? The third book in the series answers that by launching Luke into another comic adventure.

GK: Will you make a new book series?

DS: I have a few ideas for different book series, so watch this space. I’d like to do something with ghosts who love gadgets.

GK: Is there going to me a movie of My Brother Is A Superhero?

DS: Before I wrote novels I wrote a couple of movies, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about that business it’s that you have to be supremely patient. Which is a long-winded way of saying I hope there’ll be a movie based on my books one day!

GK: Will Luke ever get his own super powers?

DS: That question is the driving force of the books. He wants them more than anything else, but I’m not sure that’s entirely healthy. What would happen if Luke did get powers is a question I turn to in the third book, but probably not in the way you’re thinking.

GK: What was happening BEFORE Zack got superpowers?

DS: Sibling rivalries were being stoked. Dinner was bubbling on the stove. Ordinary life was doing its thing. One of the best pieces of writing advice I’ve read is: start the story as late as possible. I’m sure Luke and Zack would’ve be fun to hang out with before Zorbon arrived and bestowed Zack with superpowers, but for me, that’s when the story really begins, so that’s where we come in.

GK: Will Zack, Luke, and Lara ever go to another planet?

DS: An interesting idea. One of the things I’m trying to do with this series is keep a sense of the ordinary. So if they did go to another planet, it probably wouldn’t be full of futuristic hover-cities; it would be ordinary, and Luke would be faintly disappointed by the lack of hover-cities.