Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kai Strand's Super Villain Academy Series

Young Adult Author, Kai Strand, Wants to Shift Your Perspective

SUPER VILLAIN ACADEMY – where you learn to be good at being bad.

In book one of the Super Villain Academy series; KING OF BAD, Jeff Mean finds out he’s a super villain and his urge to start fires makes a lot more sense.

The making of a main character is a tricky business. Plus, there are many novels based in academies and private schools, and I wanted both my main character and my school to be different. That’s when it hit me that I needed to tell the story about the bad guy. What made him bad? What is it like to be bad? Is he the baddest of them all? Writing the good verses evil scenario from the evil standpoint shifts the perspective on the classic battle. Plus the motivations for the supporting characters – most being villains themselves – is different than normal. It’s like walking a tightrope to keep the characters bad, yet make them likable enough that the reader sympathizes with their struggles and even routes for them.

In POLAR OPPOSITES, my newly released second book in the series, I confused the issue more and gave the supers an equal balance of good and bad. Having to learn how to be good when you’ve always been bad is difficult, even awkward. But when you suddenly care about consequences, you’re left with little choice but to try to figure it out. That’s the main reason Oceanus’ ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set, decides to help her current boyfriend, Jeff, search for her when she goes missing. Or so Jeff believes.

What journey will our supers go on in book three? My goal is that-for the reader-it will be an unexpected one. It is said there are no new ideas, there are just new ways of addressing old ideas. I think Jeff’s stories fit well within that adage. Tag along with him and ask yourself – am I a hero or a villain? The answer isn’t always cut and dry.


The supers are balanced. All’s well in the super world. Right? When dogs drag Oceanus away, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no longer care to get involved. The only one who seems to care is Oci’s ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set. With Jeff’s own powers unbalanced and spiraling out of control, he wonders if they will find Oci before he looses control completely, and if they’ll find her alive.

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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,

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