Cody is an award-winning author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Among many other awards, Omorphi was a runner up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons was a finalist in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Cody does respond to blog comments and emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for having me on your wonderful magazine, Anders. It’s great to be here. I’m semi-retired, lead a quiet life with three parrots, advocate for abused youth, and write nearly full time. Raised by a prolific author on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood, I became a wordslinger at a young age and was first published at the age of seven in a local newspaper. I don’t conform, never fit in, am epic awkward, and live to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. I exist in a constant state of fascination with the trivial and when not writing, I can be found pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. I write adult fantasy, science fiction, romance and thrillers under Aisling Mancy, and fiction for young adults as C. Kennedy.
What was it like to grow up in Hollywood?
I had no concept of “fame” until I was in my mid-teens. I thought everyone endured as I did. Sitting around for hours on movie sets while the next shot was set up, late dinners with adults when I wanted to go home and sleep, and running from the press. I have vivid memories of my grandfather gripping my hand and lifting me into the air as he strode fast, my feet skimming the ground, tripping, and being sworn at because I couldn’t keep up. I thought everyone endured these things in childhood. Kidding aside, I had a boring life and preferred living outside of the United States as a youth, but do have a few fond memories of Hollywood. How many people can say Walter Matthau taught them to polka at eleven years of age? #TrueStory
What inspired you to write?
I was not inspired. I was tortured into it. My grandfather put a pen (not a pencil) in my hand at the age of seven and said, “You have a brain. Use it.” My first four-page masterpiece took weeks to complete, and I was reduced to tears regularly as “say what you mean, and mean what you say” was drilled into me. I was miserable, certain I had been born sans imagination, and learned to despise pens. Once I discovered that I did, in fact, possess an imagination, I was done in. I lived and still live in my head as often as possible, and never stop bringing my imagination to life on paper and the silver screen.
How do you relax?
I read, perform research, or travel. I have a never-ending need to know things. Any things. In the days of elde, the Dewey Decimal System was my best friend and I spent twelve-hour days in the library while my grandfather toiled away at his latest novel or screenplay. The advent of the internet is a double-edged sword as much of what is published is inaccurate, or patently wrong. Hence, it has added yet another layer to research. Once you perform research, you must research the research to verify that it is true and correct. Very satisfying.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
The authorship and publishing landscapes have changed dramatically over the past ten years and it is much harder to earn a living at writing than most people believe. There is no “right way” or “one way” to achieve it; and marketing works is as much a full time job now as writing them is. That said, I have been fortunate in that I write all sorts of works in multiple venues, and have achieved modest success and awards in writing. As to content, I have spent the past four years concentrating on young adult works and I’ll return to writing adult works. I’m planning steampunk, post-apocalyptic stories, and I’ll return to writing thrillers.
Please tell us about your current releases and what we can look forward to from you.
My newest book for adults, Sleight of Heart, is a story that combines the primordial phantasy of the preternatural with the ancient superstition of the Romani—set against a backdrop of present-day Wales. The penultimate question: How would humans treat preternatural creatures in society today? Along with the magic and the mysterious, my writing style is different from the norm. When I penned it, I set out to accomplish two things. First, to write in a style I’m unaccustomed to; and second, to write an anachronistic piece. It is written in the more graceful tones of British prose, and is a spinoff of a much larger series that will begin releasing toward the end of the year. Thárros is book two in the Hope series for young adults, and follows Christy and Michael’s relationship, and Christy’s continued battle to learn to live again after suffering abuse. Book three, Elpída, is the final installment and will be out toward the end of the year.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I can be found on my adult blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Booklikes, and Amazon. Youth can find me on my young adult blog C. Kennedy, Facebook, Twitter @CodyKAuthor, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram, Ello, Medium, Amazon, Goodreads, Booklikes, and read my free serial story, Fairy.
Thárros by C. Kennedy is out!
Thárros. Greek. Meaning courage
Courage. n. /ˈkərij/
The ability to do something that frightens one.
Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.
Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear,
not the absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. Almost. He has great friends, parents who love him just the way he is, and he was a champion hurdler until someone took out his knee when they kidnapped his boyfriend. Yet, Michael is determined to make the USATF tryouts in spite of his injuries.
Christy Castle is Michael’s entire world. Healing from years of abuse, his abduction by a predator has left him hiding a new secret as he tries to start his life again. Together, Michael and Christy work to recover from their wounds in time to make prom and graduate high school. To complicate matters, Christy is astonished to learn a fellow victim from his native Greece has survived. Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the US to keep him safe.
But the prosecution of Christy’s kidnapper looms large in their futures and the struggle to return to normal only worsens. Christy’s past continues to haunt them and, when the prosecution turns ugly and Christy’s new life is torn apart, only their unrelenting courage and determination can save them from the nightmare that threatens to destroy their future together.
A SIGNED print copy of OMORPHI & a SIGNED print copy of THARROS!