Author spotlight: the Hero Within – A Conversation with Teddy Konickson

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Atlanta Life Magazine’s Author Spotlight, where we highlight the creative talents shaping today’s literary world. This month, we are excited to feature Teddy M. Konickson, the brilliant author behind the debut novel, “Extraordinary.”

“Extraordinary” is a must-read for fans of young adult fiction and superhero tales. This captivating story follows Charles, a bullied nerd who discovers incredible superpowers after a near-death experience. As he transforms from an invisible nobody to a potential hero, Charles navigates the challenges of newfound power and the responsibilities that come with it.

Teddy Konickson masterfully weaves themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and the struggle for self-worth into an action-packed narrative. With vivid descriptions and thrilling encounters, “Extraordinary” keeps readers hooked from start to finish. Perfect for anyone who loves coming-of-age stories with a superhero twist, this debut novel sets the stage for an exciting trilogy. Dive into “Extraordinary” and join Charles on his journey to becoming a hero.

Atlanta Life Q&A with teddy konickson

Atlanta Life Magazine: Welcome, Teddy, to Atlanta Life! “Extraordinary” is a coming-of-age story wrapped in a superhero adventure. What drew you to this particular genre blend?

TK: Growing up, I devoured superhero stories and young adult novels. With “Extraordinary,” I wanted to combine these elements to create a narrative that resonates with teenagers. Charles’ journey is not just about superpowers; it’s about self-discovery, friendship, and overcoming adversity. It’s a story that highlights the potential for heroism within all of us, even when we face challenges that seem insurmountable.

Atlanta Life Magazine: The press release mentions you started writing “Extraordinary” in 2018. Did the story go through any major changes during the editing process?

TK: Absolutely! The editing process was crucial in shaping the final version of “Extraordinary.” Some subplots were refined, characters were further developed, and certain scenes were reworked to ensure a smooth flow and a more impactful story.

Atlanta Life Magazine: What advice would you give to aspiring young writers like yourself?

TK: The most important advice I can offer is to never give up on your dreams. Write every day, even if it’s just a few lines. Read voraciously, hone your craft, and don’t be afraid to share your work and seek feedback. Most importantly, believe in your stories and keep going, even when it gets tough. The journey of becoming a published author takes perseverance, but it’s incredibly rewarding.

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