I did a Q&A with Susan Sanford Blades in the January edition of her Girls to the Front newsletter! Thank you, Susan. It was fun to talk about the timeline of writing The Quiet is Loud, worldbuilding, its themes, and of course – its food.
I didn’t consciously draw on those childhood examples when developing the special powers, but to me it seemed realistic that not every person with abilities could successfully wield them in battle against a Big Bad. Sometimes they would be banal. Sometimes they would even be harmful to the person who had them.