RFBN: Author Brandon Sanderson Explains How STEELHEART Originated

Author Brandon Sanderson is currently on tour promoting his new book, Steelheart, a YA sci-fi dystopian story.  He revealed recently how the idea of Steelheart came about from an situation that we tend to experience just a little bit (if we drive, that is):

When someone cut him off in traffic, the otherwise mild-mannered writer thought, “You’re brandon-sandersonlucky I don’t have superpowers. I would totally blow your car up right now,” Sanderson said during a telephone interview.

That angry moment sparked a chain of thoughts that led directly to the dystopian “Steelheart,” a world filled with superpowered villains who have no Uncle Ben to tell them that “with great power comes great responsibility.”

The story of Steelheart takes place in a futuristic Chicago, renamed Newcago.  One day, random people are inexplicably gifted with superpowers and thus named Epics, but unlike those with such powers in comic books, it seems that none of them have an ounce of kindess.  When one of these Epics named Steelheart kills David’s father, David vows to get his revenge on Steelheart.  David is the only one alive who has seen Steelheart bleed.

Steelheart is the first of a trilogy, and is labeled as a YA novel.  However, with many YA literature these days, it’s no surprise that this story should appeal to adults as well, especially considering Brandon’s already well-known credits in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre.

Now, why Chicago?

“I have this fondness for Chicago, from the museums to the Chicago dogs,” he said.

“When I went to Chicago I was just amazed by the fact this enormous city was full of people who talked and dressed and acted like me.” While he enjoys L.A. and New York, he can’t say the same about those places. Hence, “forever Chicago has been my big city.”

Steelheart is in stores now, and Brandon’s remaining tour visits during the month of October include Illinois, Oregon, California, and Utah.  You can check out the tour stops with specific locations, dates, and times at BrandonSanderson.com.

To read the full article, go to JSOnline.com.

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