Monday, December 3, 2012

Antigoddess Cover Reveal & Author Interview with Kendare Blake

About Antigoddess:

Old Gods never die...

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health. 

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra - an ordinary girl who was once and extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn't involve herself in the business of gods - in fact, she doesn't even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don't just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath. 

The Goddess War is about to begin. 

Expected Publication: September 10th 2013

My interview with the amazing Kendare Blake:

1) Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares definitely had a "creep factor" to them. Will you be bringing that same thrill to Antigoddess?
Yes, to the thrill. And actually, yes to the "creep factor" every once in a while. There's a good deal of blood and guts in Antigoddess. Can't seem to get away from that in any of my writing. Violence. It happens. But I don't know what scares people, really. Everyone is different. I hoped the Suicide Forest in Girl of Nightmares would creep people out, but the basement scene in Anna? I had no idea. 

2) How did you come up with the title?
The title was a bit of a struggle, actually. Originally, it was called Sing, Goddess and it was going to be a duology followed by Speak, Muse. Mythology buffs might recognize these as the openings to The Iliad and They Odyssey. But, after the book was finished, my agent thought that those titles didn't depict the action.. packed-ness? So I brainstormed different titles and realized it was a trilogy. 

I started thinking about lots of stuff. Olympus. Aegean. And then I remembered Antigone. I always loved her name. The girl born against things. And from Antigone, came Antigoddess. The other books have titles too, but I can't tell you yet. 

3) Can you describe Antigoddess in 5 words or less?
Dying gods and other disasters. 5 words is hard. This is actually one of the old chapter titles. 

4) What inspired you to write a book based on the Greek gods & goddesses?
I've always loved Greek mythology. I read it voraciously, and studied it a bit in college. But this novel actually evolved from a short story, about dying goddesses, and how alone they were in the modern world. 

5) How many books will there be in the Antigoddess series?
Three. But the world is vast. I might return to it. Who knows? Too soon to say. 

6) Do you prefer to write with pen and paper or on a computer/laptop?
Computer! I could never write with pen and paper. My handwriting blows, usually. 

7) Do you have any advice to give aspiring authors?
Well, read, is the most obvious piece. But other than that, write. It's important, and often quite difficult, to actually coax the story out of your head and onto paper. But if you just dream about it, it won't do anyone any good. Except you, because dreaming is fun. 

I want to thank Kendare for letting me be apart of this amazing cover reveal and for her awesome interview. 

You can find Kendare on Goodreads, TwitterBlog, and her website.