12th Precinct Exclusive: Interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer Storm Season and Deadly Storm)


Almost a month ago the second Derrick Storm graphic novel was released by Marvel. As we already expected Storm Season was another masterpiece by writers Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick, the dynamic duo that worked together on Deadly Storm too.

We are very thankful that Kelly Sue DeConnick was so kind to take some time out of her busy schedule to give 12th Precinct an exclusive interview about Storm Season.

12th Precinct: 
Different scenes from Richard Castle's books are mentioned in the TV show. Were there plot points you had to use in Storm Season because of that? Or were you allowed to make up the story yourself (together with Brian Michael Bendis), while you only had to follow the synopsis of the "novel"?


Kelly Sue:
The latter--Mr. Marlowe was amazing and very gracious.  He went beyond just allowing us freedom to tell the story that excited us; he actively encouraged it. Cannot sing his praises enough.  

12th Precinct:
In the first graphic novel Derrick Storms character grew a lot. At the start he was a simple  detective, desperate for money, doing every job he could get. At the end he was doing quite well and has been working freelance for the CIA. How is he doing at the start from Storm Season? What happened with Storm in the year that is set between the two stories?

Kelly Sue:
He's in a very comfortable place at the beginning of Storm Season. A year and a half has passed since we saw him last and in that time Storm's found his groove, gotten comfortable in his bespoke suits, learned to like his new life. But something nags at him as the anniversary of Nicaragua creeps up--guilt, maybe.  Maybe just the gnaw of what's missing in his life.  

12th Precinct:
There are some known characters from Deadly Storm and there are some new characters introduced in Storm Season. Which character did you had the most fun writing for?

Kelly Sue:
Boy, that's tough.  Polly Matthews, who's a new character, tickled me.  And I love the Storm Investigations supporting cast -- Sassy, Rebecca and Carl.  I love their dynamics with Derrick and with each other.  And Helen!  More to Helen than meets the eye.  And new character David and Sarah.  

If I'd been able to continue, I had plans for David.  

12th Precinct:
If you were asked to write an episode for Castle, what would it be about?

Kelly Sue:
Hm… 

I'd never thought about it until you asked, but now that I have I like my idea enough that I want to hold onto it, maybe use it for something else down the line.  

12th Precinct:
For Deadly Storm you said Clara Strike was mainly influenced by the character of Beckett. Has that changed now we have met Sophia Turner, Castle's original inspiration for Clara?

Kelly Sue:
No, though she may have informed my notion of Helen, oddly enough.  

I think Clara was the idealized version of Sophia, the person Castle wanted to believe she was…. a person who, as it happens, is much closer to the person Kate is.  

Odd sentence structure that, but I think you probably follow. 

12th Precinct:
James Bond, or a certain British secret agent, was on the mind of Castle when he started to write Storm novels. Was 007 an inspiration for you too, in writing the Storm graphic novels?

Kelly Sue:
We used the idea that he starts as Jim Rockford and turns into Jason Bourne.  And since Bourne clearly has 007 in his DNA, that works.  

There's a really great thing about Casino Royale that kind of carries over, though. My friend Warren Ellis pointed this out to me and it's brilliant -- at the start of Casino Royale, Bond is really embodying the role traditionally played by the Bond Girl--he's the one, for instance, who comes out of the water in his swimsuit like Honey Ryder.  Vesper is much more Bond than Bond. In the end, she has to die so that he can become her.  It's really amazing.  

I had something like that in mind for Clara -- she outshined him in every way.  She had to die so that he could become her.  

Well… "die." 

12th Precinct:
Was it kept in mind that Castle never knew his own father in portraying a father for Derrick Storm in the graphic novel?

Kelly Sue
Not overtly. Carl's an interesting man, though. Even his masks wear masks. 

12th Precinct:
Brian Michael Bendis was originally asked to write the Storm graphic novel alone and you said you pretty much hated him for that. With what did you "threaten" him to let him pick you as co-writer, when it became obvious that he needed one because of a busy schedule?

Kelly Sue:
Oh, Brian's actually a very good friend of mine. I didn't really threaten him so much as I threw a fit in his kitchen. I'm five feet tall. I'm not actually all that scary.  

When he was shooting the DVD extra thing, he sent me taunting text messages. I don't think he would have done that if he were legitimately frightened.  

12th Precinct:
This graphic novel you are working with a different artist than the first graphic novel, Emanuela Lupacchino. How was it to work with her?

Kelly Sue:
She's a DREAM. Great acting, so expressive. And really fun. And did you note how well she dresses everyone? I literally wrote to her at one point and asked about Sassy's boots. I loved them so much I wanted a pair. 

12th Precinct:
There will be another graphic novel about a Derrick Storm. You won't be doing this project, because you will be too busy doing another project. What can you tell us about that?

Kelly Sue:
I got the offer to do an Avengers book and as much as it crushed me to leave Castle, for a comic book writer getting the chance to write the Avengers is pretty much a brass ring. I just couldn't turn it down. And sadly, I'm kind of a slow writer so there was no way I could do both.  

12th Precinct:
Will there be any link with the Avengers project you are working on and the upcoming ABC TV show about S.H.I.E.L.D.? The show won't have the Avengers from the movie starring as series regulars, but maybe characters like Captain Marvel or Spider-woman you are writing about now, could star?

Kelly Sue:
I'm not aware of any plans for a crossover, but that's a really good idea.  Synergy!  It's the way of the entertainment future, right?


Have you already bought and read Storm Season? What did you think about it?
If you haven't gotten Deadly Storm yet, you can do that here.
And you can pre-order the new Derrick Storm short series, A Calm Before The Storm here. We found out that A Calm Before The Storm is the second most popular Marvel series, before the Avengers project Kelly Sue Deconnick is working on now.
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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