I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the KENZIE’S KINGDOM by Shea Fontana Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
Title: KENZIE’S KINGDOM
Author: Shea Fontana, Agnes Garbowska (Illustrated), Rebecca Taylor (Editor)
Pub. Date: July 26, 2022
Formats: Paperback, eBook
When modern meets medieval, Kenzie must help a squire get back to the past in this time-traveling fantasy adventure!
A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRINCESS
Kenzie hates that her family moved to a castle to start a Medieval-themed resort, but all that changes when a time-traveling squire needs Kenzie’s help to get back home to the past! From the best-selling creative team behind DC Superhero Girls, this is a perfect read for fans of Phoebe and her Unicorn, The Baby-Sitter’s Club, or Witches of Brooklyn.
What was your inspiration for writing your graphic novel?
Kenzie’s Kingdom was inspired by some travel I’ve done to Scotland and Ireland. Through the countryside, there are these old castles and manors that are now occupied by little hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. We stayed at one in Scotland which was run by a family, and they made it seem like such an idyllic life. I started that daydream– wouldn’t it be great to just move somewhere so beautiful and live in a castle? And though that didn’t seem to be a real possibility for my life, I started fashioning this story around a family who does just that. But for Kenzie, it’s not a dream come true. With her social anxiety, living in a hotel constantly surrounded by and expected to interact with strangers is more of a nightmare. She has to gain confidence and find the ability to be comfortable taking up the space that she takes up before she can embrace the dream life with her family.
Talk about your favorite kind of character to write about.
I love writing characters that are complex and flawed but can find an inner resilience and overall optimism. I always like to find the unexpected in a character, flipping an archetype and revealing the hidden layers under the surface.
Talk about your least favorite kind of character to write about.
If I didn’t like writing them, I probably wouldn’t! Even (and sometimes especially) villains or unlikeable characters can be fun to write. Protagonists are only as good as the antagonists they face.
Shea Fontana is a writer for film, television and graphic novels. Her credits include developing and writing the DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts, TV specials, movies and graphic novels; Polly Pocket (developed and story editor), Doc McStuffins, The 7D, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets (wrote show bible and first season), Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (story editor), the new Muppet Babies series; two Disney on Ice shows where she wrote new material for the worlds of Mickey Mouse, Inside Out, Disney Princesses, Finding Dori, Frozen, and other Disney and Pixar properties; and the feature film, Crowning Jules. She has also written for top comic titles including Justice League, Wonder Woman, Batman: Overdrive (coming 2019), Catwoman/Looney Tunes, and contributed anthology pieces starring Deathstroke and Teen Titans.
Her DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels have been New York Times Best Sellers. Her debut graphic novel, Finals Crisis, was honored with Diamond’s 2016 Gem Award for Best All-Ages Graphic Novel, and DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High won the 2017 Gem Award for Best All-Ages Graphic Novel as well as the Comixology Reader’s Pick award for Best All-Ages Graphic Novel of 2017. DC Super Hero Girls won the 2018 Ringo Award for Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel. She was listed 61st on Bleeding Cool’s Power List of Comics for 2018. The London Free Press declared her “not afraid to be corny,” which is an accurate assessment of her persona both on and off the page.
She lives in sunny Los Angeles where she enjoys hiking, hanging out with her beagle, Ziggy, and changing her hair color. Using the secret identity “Shea Q. Off,” Shea played roller derby until her angry knees forced her into early retirement.
Agnes has worked with many of the major comic book publishers illustrating such titles as the New York Times Best Sellers & Gem Award winner DC Superhero Girls for DC Comics, My Little Pony, Care Bears, and Jem and the Holograms for IDW, Grumpy Cat, Boo: the World’s Cutest Dog, and Li’l Vampi for Dynamite Entertainment, Sonic Universe Off-Panel Stripes for Archie Comics, and Victories for Dark Horse. She has worked with Marvel Comics, providing artwork for Girl Comics and Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special. She is also the artist for the 2014 Halloween Comic Fest comic, The Adventure of Ernie from Aspen Comics.
2 winners will receive a finished copy of KENZIE’S KINGDOM, US Only.
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