Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Day 27: AMONG THE STACKS: Kody Boye


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Hi, Kody.  Welcome to The Gal.  Thank you for being a part of my 62 Days of Horror.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Kody Boye:
My name is Kody Boye.  I'm an author of horror, science-fiction and dark/urban fantasy, as well as a mental health and HIV advocate.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are five things most people don't know about you?

Kody Boye:
I suffer from Bipolar Disorder, PTSD and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), as well as HIV.  I have a cat named Jezabelle whom I rescued after she was shoved into a box and thrown out of a moving vehicle.  I absolutely LOVE video games and have been a gamer since I was about five years old.  My favorite guilty pleasure movie is Showgirls (because she kicks the guy in the head at the end).  I have a vast fear of seemingly-endless space (think outer space or the middle of the ocean).

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is the first book you remember reading?

Kody Boye:
I actually can't remember the first book I've ever read.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are you reading now?

Kody Boye:
I am currently reading an ARC of a novel called Children of the Silent Season by a writer known as T. Wyse, which is out from Burning Willow Press any day now.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's a book you really enjoyed that others wouldn't expect you to have liked?

Kody Boye:
I really enjoyed the works of Kenneth Thomasma, who wrote fiction that surrounded Native American characters in historical American settings.  I'm usually more into speculative fiction, but Thomasma's work is excellent.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What made you decide you want to write?  When did you begin writing?

Kody Boye:
My second-grade teacher assigned a writing prompt when I was seven-years-old.  I was immediately hooked thereafter and haven't stopped since.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have a special place you like to write?

Kody Boye:
I tend to write wherever I can, though I prefer the quiet and seem to write more late at night or very early in the morning.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Kody Boye:
I tend to visualize words when I write, and much of my writing is based on the process of layering words to create a story (rather like 'seeing a movie in my head' and dictating it like many of my writer friends say they do).

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Kody Boye:
I tend to find research to be the most challenging aspect of a book, especially when it comes to topics I'm not very knowledgeable of or is very mathematical in nature.  I recently had to do research on dying stars and some of the information went completely over my head.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What's the most satisfying thing you've written so far?

Kody Boye:
That would have to be my Brotherhood Saga series, which is a five-book quintet that follows a young peasant man who is enlisted in the royal military due to his magical abilities in a magically-dying world.  It's nearly one-million words long in its entirety and spans countless years of narrative.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What books have most inspired you?  Who are some authors that have inspired your writing style?

Kody Boye:
Some of my favorite books are Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Lisey's Story by Stephen King, Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh, and A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice.  Stephen King was one of the major reasons I started writing horror, and works by J.K. Rowling and Tamora Pierce continuously inspire me to write in the fantasy genre.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you think makes a good story?

Kody Boye:
I think a strong character with a good story arc makes a great story.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What does it take for you to love a character?  How do you utilize that when creating your characters?

Kody Boye:
It takes a vulnerability (whether it be human weakness or not) to make me like a character, but they have to be able to overcome said vulnerability for me to love them.  I utilize this with my characters by giving them flaws just like the rest of us have.  One of my favorite characters is Katniss Everdeen, and it is her battle with PTSD (particularly in book 3 of The Hunger Games) that inspire me to create strong yet flawed characters.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Kody Boye:
I feel that my Dwarven heroine Carmen (who features in The Brotherhood Saga and The Adventures of Carmen Delarosa series) represents a lot of my fears and insecurities.  She also has a quirky sense of humor, which I also have.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Are you turned off by a bad cover?  To what degree were you involved in creating your book covers?

Kody Boye:
It takes a striking cover to catch my eye, but by no means have I ever been turned off by a bad cover (though I have wished that some could have been better).  As to the degree I was involved in my covers, I get a lot of input due to the fact that I primarily self-publish my work.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What have you learned creating your books?

Kody Boye:
I've learned that writing is wonderful and that I could never continue living if I were deprived of my ability to work.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What has been the hardest scene for you to write so far?

Kody Boye:
The hardest scene I've written was in my short story Garmantua, which features on my Material Things and my short story collection of the same name.  It features an Orc woman who loses her third child to stillbirth, which was incredibly emotional and taxing on me as a writer, as I've had friends and family who have suffered through the same.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Kody Boye:
My books tend to feature strong characters that encompass the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) spectrum,  as well as characters who suffer from emotional problems (most of which are caused by their situations).  My experience with mental illness as a whole gives me a certain insight as to how certain characters would feel under the duress they experience within my works.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
How important is the book title, how hard is it to choose the best one, and how did you choose yours (of course, with no spoilers)?

Kody Boye:
Book titles are extremely important.  I sometimes languish over mine.  Other times they come easily, but my titles always tend to follow a theme (each book in The Brotherhood Saga has five letters in its title, for example, while the Ice Men Trilogy has each book began with he word His).

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What makes you feel more fulfilled: Writing a novel or writing a short story?

Kody Boye:
Writing both novels and short stories fulfill me, though I am primarily a novelist.  However - writing a good short story or novella can fill me with just as much pride as a full-blown novel can.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Tell us a little bit about your books, your target audience, and what you would like readers to take away from your stories.

Kody Boye:
My books primarily feature characters who are LGBTQIA or who suffer from mental illness/duress as a result of their situation.  My target audience tends to be the horror/dark fantasy crowd, but I also write for my LGBTQIA community as well.  What I would like readers to take away from my work is compassion and understanding from people who are different than them while still enjoying a terrific story.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Can you tell us about some of the deleted scenes/stuff that got left out of your work?

Kody Boye:
My most recent novel (unpublished and soon to be with my agent) had about fifteen-thousand words cut out of it before it was completely rewritten from the ground up.  It'd initially been thirty-thousand words in the previous novel I wrote and primarily dealt with the main character dealing with events outside of what the story would eventually become.  (Sorry I can't say any more!)

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is in your "trunk"?  (Everyone has a book or project, which doesn't necessarily have to be book related, that they have put aside for a 'rainy day' or for when they have extra time.  Do you have one?)

Kody Boye:
I have several novels in my trunked folder.  A crime novel that features possession, a science-fiction novel that deals with a mass plague on another planet, old incarnations of my Brotherhood Saga and a mermaid novel, as well as several dozen short stories.  I plan to rewrite some of the novels.  The short stories I'll probably just leave trunked.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What can we expect from you in the future?

Kody Boye:
I will be concluding my Brotherhood Saga and Ice Men Trilogy within the next few months.  I am also in the process of writing a science-fiction trilogy for my agent.  I eventually plan to pursue another urban fantasy series (with a strong black female heroine) as well.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Where can we find you?  (You know, STaLKeR links.)

Kody Boye:
You can find me on my websiteTwitter, and on Facebook.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Thanks, again, for stopping by, Kody.  It was a pleasure having you... and learning more about you.
            One more thing before you go: Do you have any closing words for your fans or anything you'd like to say that we didn't get to cover in this interview?

Kody Boye:
I have several free works on Amazon and other online retailers, including the first book in my Brotherhood Saga, Blood, the first Ice Men Trilogy book, His Touch of Ice, as well as my short story collection Material Things, and my novellas The Diary of Dakota Hammell and Wraethworld.


About the author:
Kody Boye is a horror, science-fiction, and dark fantasy writer who currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas.  He is the author of The Brotherhood SagaThe Ice Men TrilogyThe Daylight Cycle, and The Adventures of Carmen Delarosa.  He is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media Agency.  You can visit him online at his website.

About the books:
Born a mage and incapable of controlling his powers, Odin Karussa is forced to hide his gifts from his adoptive father for fear of persecution.  Therefore, his lifelong dream of enlisting in the military is an impossibility - that is, until he's discovered by a high court mage after running away to the capital.  In a world of dying magic, his gifts are too great to be ignored.  This unsuspected opportunity gives him the chance to train amongst the royal family.
            Life amongst nobility isn't easy, especially as a commoner.  But Odin is being watched by a benefactor whose good will is shrouded in mystery.
            Will Odin ever become the knight he desires to be?  Or will fate deal him an unlucky hand?

In Blood, Odin begins his dream of becoming a knight and journeyed as a squire across many lands in service to his king.  In Sword, Odin returns to the capital to participate in the knighting invitation ceremonies.  He is confident that he will triumph in his final test where victory is determined by first blood drawn.  After Odin wins, he is unexpectedly denied the title of knight.  Ejected from the army and devastated by the loss of his dream, Odin prepares for his journey home.  But he has found favor with his ruler and is made the king's champion.  Odin then becomes the knight's right hand, traveling across the kingdom and setting right what is wrong.  After a shocking attempt on the king's life, it is discovered that dark forces are amassing in the dead lands just beyond the edge of the kingdom.  Only Odin and  his party of heroes can save the kingdom...

In Blood, Odin left home in search of his dream.  
In Sword, he attained the status of knight.  
In Death, Odin will lose it all.

After a deadly attack on one of Ornala's greatest settlements leaves not only the country in disrepair, but claims one of the most important people in Odin's life, there seems little left to live for.  Grief-striken and out of his mind, he flees the kingdom with his eyes set on discovering the true meaning of Death from the Elves.
            Along the way, he befriends a fellow Halfling who leads him through the Elven forest and to the capital.  There, Odin is taken under the wing of a sexless creature, whose vast magical knowledge leads him toward the discovery that may change his life.  The Elven Book of the Dead, written and created by the infamous Dark Elves, promised a reward Odin can only dream of.  There's only one problem.
            Hidden within the depths of the Elven castle and guarded by the greatest of magics, it will take a feat of willpower unlike anything Odin has ever attempted to secure the book.  With nothing left to lose, Odin must make a choice: to return home and begin life anew, or to risk the greatest magical offense in human history to bring back the most important person in his life.

In Blood, Odin vied to become a knight.
In Sword, he became a champion.
In Death, he lost everything.

In Rebel, the fourth novel in the Brotherhood Saga, Odin is arrested and charged for deserting his kingdom and using illegal magics.  Believing that his ties to the court will spare him the death penalty, he appears before the highest magical court in the land expecting none other than life in prison.  But when he is sentenced to serve time in the Cadarack Prison for High-Maintenance Criminals - a place fabled for forcing their prisoners to fight to the death in armed combat - his options for escape appear even more hopeless.

After being kicked out of college due to false claims of plagiarism, Jason's life has taken a turn for the worse.  Swamped with student loans and unable to pay rent, he is literally at his wit's end when he meets Guy Winters.  Everything about Guy is fascinating: his lifestyle, his appearance, his generosity.  So when Jason faces potential homelessness, he agrees to move in, but it isn't long before he realizes that Guy seems different.  He's vague about where he works, the temperature is always freezing in his home, and his touch renders Jason breathless beyond what any passion should.
            After a home invasion leaves a man dead, a horrifying truth comes to life.  Guy isn't human, and another of his kind is in Austin, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake that frames both men for murder.  With Jason's fingerprints in the apartment and a gunshot that will have sent the police department scrambling, there's no time to explain.  The only thing they can do is run.

After contracting a dangerous and mind-altering form of Lycanthropy, there seems to be little hope for Jason DePella.  His lover, Guy Winters, a member of an ancient race of ice people, infects him with Kaldr magic, believing that he combined strains will allow Jason to maintain his humanity by living as a Wendigo.
            They soon learn that the fabled Wendigo is nothing more than a myth.  Instead, it's slowly killing Jason from the inside out.
            Jason's only hope involves either perilous risk or unthinkable sacrifice.  In order for Jason to possibly survive, he must venture into Howler territory to kill the man with lycanthropy or allow the man he loves to sacrifice his own life.

Before the attacks, Rose's life was simple.
            Before there was mass violence in America, she was a university student in Liverpool.
            Before her roommate was savagely attacked, she wanted to make the world a better place.
            That was before the zombie outbreak.
            Now, Rose and her best friend Lyra are forced to flee their flat and find refuge onboard a yacht with a group of armed survivors.  Although safety seems likely on the open sea, it's only a matter of time before a new outbreak occurs.

At sunrise, the dead began to walk the earth.
Our days were numbered.
The world was over.

One month after the virus took over the United States of America and turned its inhabitants into ravenous, flesh-eating monsters, Dakota Travis and his friend Steve Earnest have been barely surviving.  Hiding out in an abandoned apartment building, they struggle to live in a world where danger lies around every corner and is not limited to only the threat of the walking dead.  Their latest supply run almost ended with their deaths.  When a local gang violently uproots them from their shelter, there is little they can do but run.
            Their flight finds them sanctuary one town over in a converted insane-asylum with members of the United States military.  While things should be safer, an underlying tension begins to rule their lives as Sergeant Armstrong, leader of the small unit, begins to succumb to insanity.  Tension runs high within the asylum.  When all that separates them from the undead is a chain-link fence, Dakota begins to wonder whether or not they might be safer outside, especially when his feelings for another man leaves him an open target to the disapproving within their midst.

The Hornblaris Mountains - home to the great Dwarven people - are a miraculous sight to behold, but beneath their towering peaks lie monstrous dangers.  Carmen Delarosa, a travelling merchant's daughter, has lived within the mountains and even travelled their passages her entire life without issue.  But when a drake appears along a routine trading route and slaughters an entire caravan, including her family, Carmen vows to take justice into her own hands.  Alone, in the Deep Roads, and with only her wits to guide her, Carmen will attempt the impossible: to hunt, and kill, the Drake of Ehknac.

Horror.  Fantasy.  Sci-Fi.  Dark Romance.  Bizarro.  Coming-of-Age.  Contemporary.  Strange.  Since 2007, Kody Boye has been making the world strange one story at a time.  In this ongoing collection of short fiction, experience love gone wrong, individuals driven to the brink of insanity, hope found in unlikely places, fantasy coming to life, and so much more.  Pay once and get future installments for free, automatically updated to your Kindle at no additional charge.

Dakota Hammell was an ordinary teenager until he ran away from home at the age of sixteen, but after being brutally beaten, raped and left for dead, there seems to be little hope in his life - that is, until a man claiming to be a psychologist walks into the alleyway he's lying near-dead in and offers him a second chance at life.  John tells Dakota he can stay with him as long as he wants, but there's a catch: For each day he stays, he has to write a journal entry about his life, his problems, and his potential future.  With little choice, Dakota agrees, but is wary of the situation, as past experience with strangers has shown to have negative effects.  But when things with John begin to work out and life becomes nothing out of the ordinary, his heart finally begins to open and his journey can finally be told.
            A story of hope, of healing, and ultimately, of friendship, The Diary of Dakota Hammell offers a brief glimpse into a life of a fractured teenager who has lost everything but his ability to write.

Discover the surreal world of the Wraethworld in Kody Boye's new dark fantasy novella.

Mary Matthews is a sweet little autistic girl living a very ordinary life until the fish girl appeared to her one night in her bedroom.  The bizarre creature's prophecies that Mary alone can save the fish girl's world terrifies her.
            The following day, Mary is on a field trip with her special needs class when a voice beckons to her from an alley.  Wandering away from her classmates, she enters into a place where the worlds bridge, realities become blurred, and the most terrifying of nightmares live to wreak havoc on those unfortunate enough to enter.
            Mary holds within her hands the fate of a world.
            At only five years old, how can she hope to survive in Wraethworld? 

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