An author gives the comic book heroine her first novel
By Melissa Smith
Author Gwenda Bond crafted a career writing young adult novels, but her latest work reminds her of childhood mischief: She often stole her brother’s comics.
Growing up in the Bond community near Annville, the author fondly recalls a love of reading that started when she was 5 years old.
“I don’t know what it is about books, but I can remember thinking they were magic,” Bond says.
She credits her parents, Jerry and Betty, for her love of reading. “I was very lucky to be in a house with a lot of books,” Bond says. “Both of my parents were teachers, and then became principals. I always had access to libraries.”
Always a lover of reading and comics, Bond’s latest book stars Superman’s cherished love interest, entitled, “Lois Lane: Fallout.”
In this story, set long before she falls in love with Superman, Lane moves from Kansas to Metropolis to begin her new life. She doesn’t quite fit in at her new high school and sets out to put the bullies (the Warheads) in their place. She is trying to adjust to her new surroundings, including beginning a new job as a reporter and making new friends. One friend in particular stands out, although she only knows him by his screen name, SmallvilleGuy.
Bond was excited, but admittedly a bit nervous, about unveiling her new novel and giving Lane her own spotlight. “What helped is that no one really knew about the draft except a handful of people,” Bond says. “I’ve been very lucky that DC Comics and Capstone have been really open and gave me a lot of freedom. The editorial process is great.”
With the success of previous titles such as “Girl on a Wire” and “Blackwood,” Bond says that she really loves being a young adult author. “There’s a supportive community who really loves this literature,” she says. “They’re so engaged.”
Bond believes a good story is a good story, regardless of whether adults or teenagers are reading her work. “Young adult books are about teenagers, but not necessarily for teenagers,” Bond says. “My books have a 50-50 audience of adults and teenagers.”
When it comes to parallels between Bond’s life and her stories, she says that she does use familiar places for her settings.
“I feel like they’re strongly tied to a certain place,” Bond says, specifically about her novel “Blackwood,” which was set in a small town and very much inspired by her high school years. “The stories often involve teenagers who feel like they’re in a small town,” she says.
Her stories shed light on a region often overshadowed with preconceived notions about its inhabitants.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the South,” Bond says. “It made me more thoughtful about assuming things about anyone.”
Bond lives in Lexington with her author-husband Christopher Rowe.
“Lois Lane: Fallout” launched on May 1 and is available at major book sellers.