NOVEL SECRET: BROODING YA HERO by Carrie DiRisio and Broody McHottiepants, Illustrated by Linnea Gear
November 30th, 2017 by Liza Wiemer

Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
By Carrie DiRisio and Broody McHottiepants
Illustrated by Linnea Gear

Sky Pony Press hardcover,

also available in eBook
On Sale: October 3, 2017
Price: $17.99 | 352 pages | Ages 12+


From Twitter Sensation @BROODINGYAHERO, a Hilarious Parody “How To” (told as a fiction/nonfiction hybrid) on the World of YA Books, Writing, and Finding Your Inner Main Character:image001


Novel Secrets:

With a hero as mysterious and magical as Brooding YA Hero himself, the number of secrets could be endless! So, I’d like to talk a little bit about Broody himself, and share his secrets. Broody’s full name is Broody McHottiepants, and he was born on February 14th (of course.) His deepest, darkest secret is that he is afraid of hedgehogs.
Hmm. Perhaps that’s not quite what you’re looking for. Let me talk a bit of the secrets behind his character design. The twitter account started with a photo of an actor that i found on google. I had no idea the account would be so popular, so I simply grabbed the broodiest looking actor I could find.
Once it became clear that Broody was incredibly popular, I decided to hire an artist to design him. Then, I was faced with a problem. You see, Broody is the embodiement of all brooding, moody, male characters in teen fiction. How could I pick just one face for him?
The answer is… I couldn’t.
I worked with the artist to design four different ideal broodies, and then let the fans vote.
They picked the winning broody! Later, when I was discussing the book itself with my publishers, I was so thrilled to find out they’d picked my same illustrator!
Her name is Linnea Gear, and you can find her at linneart.tumblr.com


Praise for Brooding YA Hero:

“Readers and authors will swoon and raise a perfectly arched and knowing eyebrow at this clever confection, narrated by an egotistical main character, about writing the perfect main character. With a tongue-in-cheek look at YA tropes, writers are subtly encouraged to expand the genre in a way that is more clever, more subtle, and more inclusive. I would tell you more, but Broody and I are about to meet-cute in an epilogue.” –Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and Between the Lines

“A satirical look at the world of the male hero in young-adult literature . . . In short, subheaded chapters that address the audience directly, he does so, hitting on some funny moments that are also critically insightful.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Whether brooding snarkily, brooding soulfully, or brooding with a side of melodramatic backstory, Brooding YA Hero embodies everything I love—and love to hate—about the bad boys of young adult literature.”
—Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning

“Hilarious and sneakily, cheekily feminist in the best way. I’m gifting a copy to every YA reader in my life.” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

“I smiled, I laughed, and I might have swooned! A brilliant combination of humor and clever insights. If you’re looking for entertainment or writing a young adult novel, you need to read this book.” –Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities—you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), what’s his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

About the Authors and Illustrator:


Carrie DiRisio

Carrie DiRisio is an aspiring Disney villainess in addition to a social media expert and owner of a ridiculous cat. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she practices Krav Maga and knitting in equal measures.Brooding YA Hero



Broody McHottiepants is a master of all trades. His current hobbies include making bad life choices, shedding manly tears, rescuing clumsy protagonists, and, of course, gazing into everyone’s eyes. This is his first book, although he’d like to remind you he’s starred in many novels and movies, including your favorite one.

Linnea Gear earned her BS in chemistry and splits her time between drawing concept art and drawing chemical equations. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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