Sarah Eklemoore would have been a respected journalist, had she been born in an era when they still existed. Unfortunately she was spawned during the dawn of the internet days, and by the time she’d grown-up and passed through college the media had dissolved into little more than a constant, inane chatter of idiocy. Still, she pursued her career anyway, doggedly believing that with enough hard work she could restore a shred of credibility to her once prestigious field. Sadly her editors had little inclination for further Sarah’s dreams, nor tolerating her high-minded ideals. That, she deeply suspected, was why she was constantly shoved off onto feature assignments like the one today.
She glanced at her watch again, confirming that another minute had indeed passed. He was late. Most people were eager for the free press, but this one, evidently, either thought himself above such concerns as other’s time, or he was simply too irresponsible to handle showing up at an appointed time. Absentmindedly she shuffled the stack of cards in her hands. They were indexed and cross-referenced. Even on a bullshit assignment, Sarah was professional.
The door to the room cracked open and surprisingly tall man wandered in.
“Yo. You the interview girl?”
“I’m the reporter, Sarah said tartly. “You must be Mr. Hayes.”
“Must I? Well, I guess if someone has to do it at least I’ve got the most practice.” He stepped through and closed the door, meandering to the over-sized chair and dropping heavily into it.
“Sorry I’m late.”
“It’s fine,” Sarah lied. “Shall we get started?”
“Yeah, sounds good. We’re answering questions submitted by my readers, right?”
“Correct, though some of them seem a bit suspect to me.”
“Heh. I might have slipped a few of my own to your boss,” he said. “Want a beer?”
“Why would you… It’s ten in the morning.”
“I know, I know, technically its mimosa time, but those aren’t really portable.” He reached into the large pocket in his cargo pants and produced a can that had to be near, if not at, room temperature. From the sound of shifting contents, Sarah deduced it was not the only one he had with him.
“Let’s just get started,” she sighed.
The following her transcript of the events:
Sarah: Let’s start with one current events. You just ended book two, you’ve got book three starting up in a few weeks, have you ever considered taking a break and working on something else? You’ve been at this for over four years now.
Drew: The truth is, much as I love Super Powereds, I do need a break on occasion. If I could be content mentally living in just one world I probably wouldn’t have been a writer to begin with. Thankfully I do have other projects I work on, including the upcoming book I’m releasing in June.
Sarah: I see, that seques well into the next question, why is your weekly output so small, especially when compared to other web-novel sites?
Drew: I know this one comes up a lot. I wish I had a better answer to give, but the simple truth is that I have a pretty busy life. I love this site and I love writing, but I usually put in around 50 - 60 hours per week on the job that actually pays the bills. I also spend a chunk of my time traveling, then when you factor the time needed for other projects, editing, and dealing with the self-publishing process, it’s just not viable to consistently put out more than I do. I could let some of the other stuff drop, but much as I enjoy this story, the long-term goal is make a career out of writing, and that other stuff is what will help get me there. Plus, you know, the current job pays for booze and stuff.
Sarah: You keep talking about other projects, any insight into what those are, or if they’ll end up on the site?
Drew: Well the obvious one is Pears and Perils, the book that will be coming out in early June. I’ve also just wrapped the writing on the first Fred the Vampire book, which is a collection of 5 novelettes, including his first adventure at his reunion. Outside of books, I’ve drafting a comedic video series I’d like to do on youtube if I can get everything the way I want it. I won’t go too far into details on it, but the name will be Fancy Fuckin Cocktail Hour.
Sarah: Sounds...well on par with the other products you produce.
Drew: Thank you.
Sarah: It wasn’t a... never mind. Will any of that be on the site?
Drew: The video series will be linked, if it ever comes to fruition. The others things are going to be done purely in book form. At my current rate SP will be posting for several more years, so I’ll worry about the next primary site content when that wraps.
Sarah: What about Team F417, a lot of people have asked if that has any future.
Drew: Probably not. I feel like I’m already telling the story of a group of people no one expect to succeed, and to be honest I’ve already gutted it for the best character concepts and thrown them into a different piece I’m working on. That one will tell a different story, one that I will isn't just me redoing Super Powereds with magic.
Sarah: I see. (short break as she shuffles the cards and he opens a fresh beer) I’m guessing this is one of yours. If you wanted to throw a party to get people tore up, what would you use?
Drew: Great question. I find jell-o shots or alcoholic fruit snacks are best for large events. Really sneaks in the booze while providing the sensation of snacking. That’s coupled with lots of liquor drinks, of course.
Sarah: Sigh. Of course.
Sarah: Moving on. Now that you’ve gone through the e-publishing process, are there any lessons learned you’d like to share with other writers thinking about going that route?
Drew: A shit load, actually. More than I think we can talk about during this interview. That will be an upcoming blog post. Most of it is just things to watch out for and what programs will make your life less stressful. I’m holding off until I make a real epub as well a mobi so that I can speak more comprehensively on the topic.
Sarah: I suppose that is understandable. I think we have time for a few more. What was the process that turned the Powereds into Supers? It seems strange to have not at least offered even a throwaway line giving some idea of what was done.
Drew: This is one that seems like oversight, but was intentional. By the time all four years are done I’ll have answered this in the story. Trust me, it wasn’t left out by accident.
Sarah: Year 1 was 151 chapters, Years 2 was 196. Do you think the following two books will continue your pattern of escalation?
Drew: Honestly, no idea. I go in knowing what I have to accomplish to move the plot along for each book, however the methods and story-arcs I’ll use aren’t too fleshed out. So sometimes I can do a plot point succinctly, and sometimes its a 20 chapter run. One of the upsides to self-publishing is I can take whatever route I feel works best. With digital it doesn't up my publishing costs any to use more pages.
Sarah: Alright, let’s close with this one: if you could have any super power from your story, whose would it be?
Drew: I think that answer will change depending on when you ask me. For the most part I’d say Chad’s, because of how versatile it is. On days I’m traveling or stuck in traffic though, I’d go Mr. Transport all the way. Then on days when I’m lazy Mary’s talent for moving things with her mind seems pretty appealing. Overall though, I think I’d pick Chad or Mr. Volt’s. Who knows, maybe by the next time we do one of these that answer will have changed again.
Without another word he collapsed off the stool onto the ground and began to snore. to his credit, the beer can that fell from his clattered with an empty jingle, signifying that he had at least avoided the cardinal sin of wasting booze. By the time Sarah finished packing her things and left he’d rolled over and crushed it beneath his sizable torso.