Law Reigns studied creative writing, played cupid with her friends and penned her debut novel, Superheroes Wear Faded Denim, transforming a southern town into a battlefield for life and love. Law joins the spotlight to answer a few questions about her characters, the writing process, and why she’s interested in meeting a CIA agent.
1) So I hear that you are a matchmaker with your friends, an alumna from the University of Florida, and an all-around overachiever, in a good way. 😉 Since this is a debut novel, how much of you did you pour into Superheroes Wear Faded Denim and how did you adopt this twist on the theme of good and evil?
It was like writing a journal, really. I tried to stuff as much of my college experience into the pages as I could. Being that I involved myself in everything short of the physics club, it was by no means an easy task.
I managed to let each character represent a part of my experience.
We have Blissany and Demi. Blissany is my female protagonist, the secret weapon the divine use in the grand war of good and evil. Demi is her best friend, her yang. The process of splitting my personality in half had to undergo for their birthing. Demi is my bossy, self-centered, girl power side. Demi says: “sex should mean nothing and yet so much,” “the world should take notice I am a star,” “I want things my way!” Try to be a leader on a university, and you’ll find a lot of people with a little Demi in them.
Thank God I have the Blissany in me to balance out her craziness. She is completely open-minded, kind, and artsy. I am a true artist at heart. All I want to do is be left alone to practice my craft. College taught me the hard lesson life cannot be lived in such a way.
Then we have Don. Unknowingly trained from birth to be Blissany’s sidekick, he was thrown head first into his destiny. He symbolizes the UF Asian American community. His desire to have a stable family (not to mention life environment), seemed to me to represent one of the most important aspects of life to the Asian American people. Family is their staple, way more than their need to rise to the societal and cultural standards set before them. I’m not speaking for the entire Asian American community, just some of what I noticed. They are quite diverse.
2) Now that our appetites are hungry, tell us more about the dual narrative voice you chose for this story: why these individuals, will we see any more from them in the future, and if so, give us a peek into what’s next.
Besides the fact I wanted to play with the idea of freewill, my goal was to tell a story about a character who was asked to rise to the occasion when everything in them wanted to rebel.
If I went knocking on my neighbor’s door only to tell her once she opened it, “It’s time for you to turn off Dr. Phil. Mankind is resting on your shoulders,” I doubt she’d buy a sword off Amazon and ready herself for battle.
Many people would not. There is a process of acceptance we must undergo mentally and physically. While Blissany was mentally undergoing her process, I needed a character who even though was not in love with fighting a battle he did not wholly believe in would still rise to the occasion.
Don Shimada served the purpose.
3) We would love to know what makes you tick: about your writing habit, work space and influences over the years. And lastly, who would you choose to have a conversation with, either someone who has already passed or is alive now, and what would that sound like?
I need utter silence when writing. Have always needed it. Having to adjust to life has allowed me to be adaptable when it comes to a personal writing space. I used to think I needed to be safe at home, bottled up in a room alone to write. Not anymore.
If I could converse with someone, it would have to be some great conqueror. If I could not raise them from the dead, then a modern assassin would do. Maybe Alexander the Great. Or maybe a CIA agent. I would want to know the mindset one has to be in to fulfill their roles. What makes a great killer? How does one keep sanity in the midst of battle? How does one survive? Is life ever the same after that first kill?
Those are just some of the questions I would ask. Then I would use that information to build a more concrete and believable world in my novels.
Thanks Law, can’t wait to see what you’ll be writing next!