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Alicia Keys on the inspiration for her graphic novel and her approach to motherhood

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The Grammy winner told CNN how her 2012 single inspired her new graphic novel of the same name.

“‘Girl On Fire’ is such a special song… I mean, who knew this song would have that kind of energy, that it would hold and create,” Keys told CNN in an interview this week. “[The book] has been in the works for about five years. It felt like it would be so beautiful to delve into the story of a fiery girl named Lolo, growing up in Brooklyn. She is 17 years old. She has a single father who is rising and her brother and brother ended up being harassed by a police officer. From anger and the desire to protect her brother, she discovers that she has this power that she didn’t know she had.”

The novel’s illustrations were done by Britney Williams, and Keys’ co-author is Andrew Wiener.

“You keep finding out more about her [Lolo], her family and the neighborhood and who she’s actually fighting against,” Keys added when describing the project. “I think the metaphor is that we all have a superpower and what are we going to do with it? You know, how are we going to find out?”

Keys said she’s already thought about potentially developing the graphic novel into a movie or TV series.

“Some people are very good at the new situation and can let their imaginations run wild. Some people really want to be immersed in a world that they can see the color of and read it on the page,” Keys said. “I think it lends itself very well to potential movies, potential series, all those pieces of this amazing girl Lolo that represent us all.”