Author Interview & Book Giveaway: St. Viper’s School for Super Villains by Kim Donovan

Welcome to Author Kim Donovan

Kim has a Masters in Creative Writing for Young People. Since finishing her degree she has worked as a reader for a publisher, been involved with the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition and set up Electrik Inc, an author co-operative, with three other children’s writers. She lives with her husband and son (an eight-year-old evil genius) in Bath, England.


If you were a superhero what would your name be?

My family call me “The Deadly Dormouse” – for real! They say I love my bed and can lull people to sleep with a cuddle and a soothing voice. I’d rather be a villain than a hero — they always get the best lines.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Mind control so my son would do as he was told! I’d also like super speed.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Roald Dahl.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Yes, I’m just finishing the next book in the St Viper’s series. I’m working out an exciting way to rob multiple banks simultaneously at the moment, which is great fun. I’m far too good to do anything bad in real life.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Visiting local schools and seeing boys in particular excited about my book.  In the UK , a study has found that teachers in three-quarters of schools are concerned about boys’ reading. It’s worrying.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The super villains and super heroes all have their own theme tunes in my book. When Mr Awesome (a super hero) chases Demon and his friends, they hear his theme tune before they see him. In my head his song was I’m holding out for a hero by Bonnie Tyler, but I made it I’m texting a herofor fun.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I’m definitely Demon Kid’s mum. The reason he hasn’t learnt how to fly yet is that she’s afraid he’ll get hit by an aeroplane. I’m a real mother hen, too.

What was your favorite children’s book?

The Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?

A cosy bed. I’d end up going to sleep instead of saving the world!

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

I started writing thirteen years ago as a hobby and it grew from there. One of the reasons I wrote St Viper’s was that I couldn’t find enough good books at the right level for my son when he was between seven and eight-years-old.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I had the most amazing book launch. The store was filled to the rafters with screaming, whistling and clapping children. All practicing their evil laugh. The film footage is on YouTube if you want to take a peek.

Favorite quote from a movie?
Cats & Dogs. This is when Mr Tinkles is making his speech to an army of mice. “With dogs out of the way, cats will overthrow the humans and you will receive your just reward: sixteen pounds of Monterey Jack and the continent of Australia.”

St. Viper’s School for Super Villains

Suitable for  7–9 year old confident readers, the story is set in St Viper’s, a secret school hidden inside a volcano where super-powered kids learn the art of being super villains, just like their parents. In a place where being bad is actually good and ‘World Domination’ is a typical lesson on the timetable, ten-year-old Demon Kid wants to show the teachers that he’s an arch criminal just like his dad. But Demon struggles to stand out in a school where all the pupils are villainous to varying degrees. Chill , a senior-year boy with truly terrifying freeze powers, takes every opportunity to make him look weak.When Chill and his sidekicks steal a top secret invisibility spray and bring it back to the school inside a stolen spaceship, Demon and his friends decide it’s time to prove they are the real super villains. They take the spaceship from under the noses of Chill and his henchmen to claim the reward being offered for its recovery but try to keep the invisibility spray for themselves.  Of course, things don’t go exactly to plan and Demon has to conquer his fears and learn to control his growing powers in order to win the day.

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