UNC senior Kristen Brown, who writes under the pen name K. R. Brown, released the third book in her series of superhero novels in January.
The young adult fiction series currently consists of three books that tell the story of a group of superheroes in Charlotte, which is near Brown’s hometown.
Brown said she started writing the books for fun and at first did not plan to publish a book or create a whole series. She started writing the first book for the series, "The White Dove," when she was in the eighth grade, and eventually published it in March 2016 when she was a junior in high school.
“The 10th grade was when I actually got interested in writing it again,” she said. “And when I read what I had written in the eighth grade, I deleted all of it immediately, started over and ended up writing my entire first book.”
After being encouraged by her family and feeling confident in her work, Brown decided to self-publish her book through Abbott Press, an online publishing company.
“I was proud of the world that I created and I loved all the characters in the story, so I wanted to share them with people, and creating this book was my best way to do that,” she said.
Brown said she realized she wanted to create multiple sets of characters but was not ready to work with an entirely new set of them yet.
“So I wrote the third book before I wrote the second one, which has caused me no small amount of hassle,” Brown said.
The second book in her series, “The Gladiator,” which introduces a new set of characters, was published in July 2017, leading up to the release of “The Hunt for Elemental” this year.