So Girl Reporter was released on 19 December, which is not traditionally a great time to have a book released, but I was delighted with how many people bought it, read it and talked about it in that week.
If you haven’t heard about Girl Reporter yet, it’s this:
From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel
In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them–displacing the previous hero. While Fry may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.
This time, Tina Valentina has ventured too far.
Alongside Australia’s greatest superheroes–including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory–Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, and getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)
Like the two stories that preceded it (you can read Cookie Cutter Superhero in celebrated YA anthology Kaleidoscope, and you can get Kid Dark Against the Machine directly from The Book Smugglers) this story is fed by my whole history of loving and being enraged by superhero comics.
It’s a story about friendship, epic LGBTQ romances new & old, superhero legacy and extradimensional space travel in cute retro outfits. There are robot pals. There are teen boffins. There are jokes about Millennials and Australian politics and sexism. It’s the full package.
Girl Reporter also a mother-daughter story, which I’ve never really written before, and am even more self conscious about doing now because my own kids are old enough (or nearly old enough) to read it for themselves… luckily I am nothing like Tina Valentina and not much like Friday Valentina either!
I’m still so in love with this book and I hope it finds its audience.
Here’s some blogging/cool stuff I’ve been working on over the last month to promote Girl Reporter:
My recent essays about girl reporters:
Inspirations & Influences: Girl Reporter, a summary of how I got from there to here, with a great deal of discussion of Lois Lane. Because Lois Lane.
Five Things I Learned While Writing Girl Reporter, an honest piece about writing flaws and things I’m still learning about myself, at Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds blog.
LGBTQ comics & superhero media recs by me, at LGBTQ Reads.
Narrelle M Harris asks me Questions about Girl Reporter.
There’s Nothing Only About Being A Journalist: An Appreciation of Sarah Jane Smith, a sweeping, slightly epic summary of one of the most important characters in the history of Doctor Who, and whether or not she was good at her job.
His Girl Hildy, a review of 1940 romantic comedy classic about an editor, a reporter, and the newspaper they love.
Da Boss: Lynda Day & her Boy Reporter, a review of a hugely influential kids TV show about an editor, the newspaper she loves, and the reporter who loves her.
The Truth Has Got Her Boots On (Revised), from my Pratchett’s Women series of feminist Discworld essays, about a reporter and an editor inventing the newspaper business from scratch, and probably falling in love… with their newspaper.
Not remotely related to Girl Reporter but totes superhero-y, a recent Storify of my livetweeting of original Thor. I can’t believe Storify is quitting on us!