Almost two years into this blog, we bring you the first guest post, from writer Michael Lachman. You can find his blog over at michaellachmanwrites.com.
I’ve known Avi Greenberger for over half a decade. I’ve known Spark over three times that. Spark is the main character in A Spark Ignites, my superhero novel, which is out today for purchase on Amazon in both ebook and paperback. Why did it take well over fifteen years (nearly 20) to turn an idea in my head into a book? Well, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Over the years I’ve made half-finished comics, horrible and decent animated cartoons, and barely playable video games based on Spark. With the exception of some truly embarrassing animated cartoons, I never finished any of them. I was never happy with my work, and would always scrap it and start from the beginning. As time went on, more responsibilities seemed to pile up Obligation upon obligation. By August of 2015, I hadn’t worked anything Spark related in years.
I’m not sure exactly what it was that gave me the push, but at the end of that month, I sat down, and started to write. There’s something about writing, you see. Writing is about painting a picture in the mind, which is often easier than painting a picture on a paper or a computer screen. I found it easier to be satisfied with my work, as it was easier to show the reader what I saw in my head by describing it, rather than drawing it. Before I knew it, I’d finished the book. I’m sure many of you reading this have an idea floating around in your head, be it a book, a song, or a picture. But at the end of the day all it is is an idea. And if you’ve had that idea for long enough, you know you want to share it. How can you not? So share it, however you can. Be it through writing, a doodle, a facebook post, a blog. Ideas are meant to be shared. I’m thrilled that after nearly 20 years, I can finally share my idea with all of you.
Description: Matt was just a regular teenager, dealing with homework, hormones, high school drama, and an obnoxious older brother. He found his life complicated, but it was nothing he couldn’t handle. Then, when Spark, the city’s greatest superhero unexpectedly dies, Matt finds himself in possession of the hero’s costume and gadgets, with a note asking him to carry on the legacy. Finding himself unable to refuse, he reluctantly begins his superhero career, hoping he can live up to the name of his predecessor. Not knowing the first thing about being a superhero, Matt soon finds himself overwhelmed. Will he find himself in an early grave, just like his hero?
Meanwhile, an aging supervillain, the Inventor, creates a powerful device capable of killing thousands. An elaborate plan is put in motion that could lead to the destruction of everything Matt holds dear. Will he be able to figure out the how to stop him in time? And when evidence arises which indicates that Spark’s death may not be the accident everyone believes it is, Matt finds himself consumed with trying to uncover the truth. Will he be able to get to the bottom of this mystery? And if so, will he be able to handle the dark reality behind it?