Author Interview

Queer Superheroes: Interview with Amara Lynn

Author Bio

Amara Lynn has always been a quiet daydreamer. Coming up with characters and worlds since childhood, Amara eventually found an outlet in writing. Amara loves anything to do with pirates, villains and superheroes, and angels and demons.

Amara is addicted to music and gets the most inspiration from moving songs and lyrics. When not writing, Amara usually reads, listens to podcasts, watches anime, plays a video game here and there (but mostly collects them), and takes way too many cat pictures.

Amara is non-binary/enby and queer and uses they/them pronouns.

Twitter – @AmaraJLynn

Website: https://amarajlynn.com/ 

Amara Lynn is the author of the Masks series, and the first novel-length installment, Falcon, is coming soon! Grab the first two shorts in the series while you wait! The series follows Avari, supervillain, and his love interest/boyfriend Chayton, superhero, as they deal with demonic threats to the world.

Author Interview

1. Without too many spoilers, what is your favourite character arc in this series and can you represent that with songs or an aesthetic?

My favorite arc is Chayton’s. There’s a lot more exploration into his feelings and mental health that readers don’t get any insight into in the first two books. I can’t say much more about it, but it delves into how Chayton really feels, which is completely the opposite of how he acts outwardly. I’m really excited for people to read it. 

I actually have a whole playlist for each of the main trio of characters. I’ll share Chayton’s since we’re talking about him: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4hpdSYpsaGLmveuwCX3Z7s?si=25884c3afbfb43f0

The song that represents him most from the list would probably be “I Can’t Save The World If I’m Not Happy” by Eliza Grace.

And since you asked (I love making aesthetics!) here’s one to represent Chayton.

2. What rep can we expect in this book and the series as a whole?

In the latest volume, there’s a deeper dive into the main character, Avari’s, sexuality as he realizes (with the help of his annoying sidekick) that he’s demisexual.

As a whole, the series features gay, bisexual, and demisexual rep in the main three characters, as well as a queer supporting cast who will be explored more in further stories.

3. What are the main themes of the book and why did you want to explore them?

Some of the themes explored in the series, and in particular this book, are the lines between good and evil. Avari starts out the series as more of a villain, and while he sometimes thinks of himself as the hero/antihero of the story, more often than not, he still thinks he’s the bad guy, because he’s not cheerful and he often creates problems when trying to fix others (no thanks to his best friend giving him AWFUL advice haha). This book explores more of Avari’s psyche as he continues to deal with the fallout of his decisions in the first two books of the series. 

I’ve always liked the villains, especially in things like old Disney movies and other cartoons, so the idea of exploring my own “bad guy” always held some appeal. I find villain motivations fascinating. Sometimes, the bad guy’s motive isn’t as bad as we’re led to believe. And when you think about it, the hero is the villain from the villain’s perspective. Anyways, I love exploring that whole dynamic in my own setting.


Get the Books:

Links:
https://amarajlynn.com/books/

https://books2read.com/ap/xqN0l6/Amara-Lynn

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