The Madrona Heroes Register: Interview with Hillel Cooperman

January 4, 2014 Blog Tours, Interviews 0

The Madrona Heroes Register: Interview with Hillel Cooperman

The Madrona Heroes Register: Interview with Hillel CoopermanThe Madrona Heroes Register by Hillel Cooperman
on 10/17/2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook
» Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

Someone in ten-year-old Binny Jordan’s family has a super power – and it’s not her. Binny’s seven-year-old sister Cassie can turn herself invisible and now a strange man is keenly interested in what Cassie can do. Binny’s parents seem more distracted than ever, and her older brother Zach is hiding something of his own. Binny needs to find a way to protect her sister, but she’s never felt more alone.

Interview with Hillel Cooperman

Can you talk a little about what the book is about?

Someone in ten-year-old Binny Jordan’s family has a super power – and it’s not her. Binny’s seven-year-old sister Cassie can turn herself invisible and now a strange man is keenly interested in what Cassie can do. Binny’s parents seem more distracted than ever, and her older brother Zach is hiding something of his own. Binny needs to find a way to protect her sister, but she’s never felt more alone.

Where did you get the idea for the book?

I had always been fascinated with realistic superhero stories. And mixing that genre with a story that’s fundamentally based on my kids running around my neighborhood experimenting with those powers was very appealing to me.

What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?

I think everyone should draw their own conclusions, but for me the message is about how kids and people in general have the strength to face their own challenges once they stop relying on others to eliminate problems for them.

How long did it take to write the book?

It took about a year.

Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?

Binny is my favorite character in this book as she’s the hero and really makes the biggest transformation during the course of the book. I think Penny was the most fun to write as she’s a bit of a smartass and super funny in general.

Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?

I outlined everything in great detail. I had two-three successive levels of detail in my outlines until I had every scene plotted out and figured out. There were no major unexpected plot twists, but there were definitely solutions that I came up with that felt novel and interesting and that I hadn’t planned out in advance.

If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?

I would have written it ten years ago. 🙂

How did you come up with the cover?

I worked closely with an incredible illustrator – Caroline Hadilaksono. We took the best chapter header she did and developed it into the image that graces the cover.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’m still not sure I want to be a writer. 🙂

What are you favorite books and authors?

Neal Stephenson, Ernest Cline, Anne McCafferey, JK Rowling, Robin Sloan, Cory Doctorow, Stephen King.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the sequel – the fifth book in the series (and the second book out as I’m writing/releasing them out of chronological order – because Star Wars).

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write every day. Eventually you’ll be done. Don’t stop.

How do you juggle writing with family time?

Poorly. But seriously, I set aside some time every week when I know I have no family or work responsibilities and force myself to write.

About Hillel Cooperman

Hillel Cooperman has pretended to be a superhero since he was a small child. He conceived of the story of the Madrona Heroes in the summer of 2012 on a trip abroad with his family. By winter, he had started writing in earnest. He lives in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle with his three children, their three cats, and thousands of Lego bricks. His superpower is procrastination. The Madrona Heroes Register is his first novel.

Comments are closed.