Nico Rosso is visiting the virtual offices today to chat about Ironheart, which is part of the Holding Out for a Hero. This superhero anthology is super fun, so if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend giving it a chance. To make it easy for you to get a copy, Nico brought along a digital copy for one of you to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Nico Rosso] I’m a romance writer married to another romance writer (Zoë Archer), and I’m happy to talk writing or whiskey or whatever else inspires.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Ironheart?
[Nico Rosso] Ironheart is the story of two superheroes, Vince “The Anvil” and Kara “SnapDragon” in a desperate fight. Yes, there is a super villain, but Vince and Kara’s real battle is for a second chance at romance. They had a brief fling that she cut off. Now she’s back, but for the right reasons?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Nico Rosso] I knew I wanted to explore the difference between a bad-boy hero and a newer heroine starting to learn what it is to fight crime with super powers. Vince needed to be a little rough around the edges, so the idea of a man who is harder than iron seemed natural. Giving Kara her powers from cosmic energy took her literally and figuratively off the earth, so at first, she would be less grounded and searching for herself.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Vince?
[Nico Rosso] Tough. Principled. Rough.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Kara had a theme song, what would it be?
[Nico Rosso] Fire Woman by The Cult. It has some lilting melodies, like she flies on her power wings, and the song also rocks hard, the way she fights when it’s all on the line.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Vince is never without.
[Nico Rosso] The Red Line, a small earpiece phone that connects all the members of the Heroes Guild.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Kara’s bedroom?
[Nico Rosso] A nightlight. Her cosmic energy glows red, so she can easily light up a room.
-A handgun. Even without her powers she’s a formidable fighter. With her power scales around her and linked together in a lashing whip, she is a living weapon.
-Plane tickets. She can gather her energy scales into wings and fly wherever she wants to go.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Vince’s greatest regret?
[Nico Rosso] Even though it was from circumstances out of his control, I think he will always be haunted by the fact that his parents didn’t live to see him saving the world.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Nico Rosso] I like to pull ideas from all kinds of sources, from observing people out on a date, to ancient myths, to fine art and photography. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so I try to keep my eyes open as much as I can.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Nico Rosso] I need inspiration, a hook or some way in to the piece I’m writing. It could be emotional, a interesting plot twist, or just a unique way of describing the environment.
-I guess I don’t need quiet, but I like it. I’ll often listen to music on headphones in order to keep the noise of the outside world out of my head.
-I need to eat. Usually I’ll write until I get hungry, break to eat, then write again.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Nico Rosso] Honestly, the last book I read that really floored me was my wife’s second Nemesis, Unlimited book Dangerous Seduction. I’m really lucky that I get to read her work months before it hits the shelves.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Nico Rosso] Because I grew up deep in movie culture, I came to reading late (except for reading comic books). I remember nearing the end of my college years and really being taken by the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Nico Rosso] Usually, when I’m not writing, I like to be doing something physical or with my hands. Cooking or woodworking or hiking or photography.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Nico Rosso] I can be found on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nico_Rosso
-My Website: http://nicorosso.com
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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