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INDESTRUCTIBLE – Meet the Writer

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on July 2, 2013
The content that follows was originally published on the Darby Pop Publishing website at http://www.darbypop.com/beyond-the-cover/indestructible-meet-the-writier/

The first of Darby Pop Publishing’s titles, INDESTRUCTIBLE, is the creation of Jeff Kline. A veteran writer and television producer, Jeff had been desperately seeking a way to tell stories without having to make compromises due to budget considerations, actor availability, or an ever-revolving door of Executive “voices.” “Honestly, what I’m most excited about is the fact that I had a small circle of friends (incl. Darby Pop’s Editor, David Wohl) offering insight during the creation of INDESTRUCTIBLE, but at no time did I feel like I was being dictated to. For better or for worse, INDESTRUCTIBLE is mine.”

The plot of INDESTRUCTIBLE follows consummate slacker Greg Pincus as he becomes an overnight sensation when it is assumed that he has used “superpowers” to thwart a robbery. Jeff has said that the story was inspired by his disgust with “reality TV, and the realization that if superheroes were treated the way “celebrities” are today, everybody would claim to be one… whether he/she had actual superpowers or not.”

INDESTRUCTIBLE is a satire that sets its sights on comic book tropes, the culture of celebrity, and the potential downside of “15 minutes of fame.” For Kline, superheroes and sarcasm were a natural fit. “I think nearly all successful superhero sagas blend comedy and drama. You’re asking for a certain suspension of disbelief from the reader at the outset, and humor can help make even the most outlandish situation eminently more relatable.”

At the heart of this not-so-superheroic tale is a friendship between Greg and his longtime roommate Barry, and an exploration of their disparate reactions to Greg’s newfound fame. “I started with the core relationship — the two mismatched ‘buddies’ at the center — with one being a bit at the mercy of the other,” explained Kline. “Other members of the ensemble were added or changed as I got deeper into the storytelling, and found that I needed a particular POV or skill set. But, that 2-person core really never altered. ‘Course, I had to put my own parents into the mix, as well. And, for anyone who actually reads the series – yes, we ate at the same Chinese restaurant every, single Sunday night for most of my pre-teen life.”

INDESTRUCTIBLE will hit stores in December 2013 (though, solicitations begin in October). Until then, we will keep offering you the inside scoop on this title and all of Darby Pop Publishing’s original books as we go “beyond the cover.”