When the Gods Forget is the second book in Daly’s Forgotten Gods series, and we totally loved the first book, Children of the Forgotten Gods. You can find our review here if you’re interested 😉
Today, we participate in the cover reveal, and we think it goes with the story very well! It’s a little dark, a little mysterious, and there’s also quite a lot of action in this story! The cover is designed by Michelle @ Limabean Designs, and we both think she did a great job once more!
We also have the immense pleasure of interviewing Kennedy Daly today, so grab a cup of your favorite hot drink, and settle in 🙂
Hi Kennedy, it’s so nice to have you here 🙂 First of all, what should we serve you? Coffee? Tea? Wine? Something else?
Thanks for having me, it’s great to be here! It’s a little early for me, so I’ll have to stick with coffee.
Who is your favorite author?
That’s a difficult question to answer. There are so many books and series by wonderful authors that I’ve loved and have influenced me. To pick one favorite I’d have to go with Anne Rice. I read her books at a very formative time in my life, and not only did I love the stories themselves, but she became the measuring stick for what I read and wrote after.
What’s your favorite book?
If author was hard, this one is impossible to answer! I could probably narrow it down to a few probable candidates. Lord of the Rings, The Witching Hour, Outlander, Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, Wicked Lovely, Shatter Me are all likely suspects.
What’s your favorite movie?
I’d have to say Tom Hardy. In any given year, he’s my favorite movie. He’s an excellent actor. 🙂
Do you binge-watch any TV series? What’s your favorite right now?
I missed The Originals on its first time around and I binge watch it now after the girls are in bed.
What made you want to write a book?
I have always been an avid reader, and I’ve written my own stories since I was seven. My first story was about a vampire..I knew even then. Now, the writing and publishing was about both the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and showing my girls that they should always follow theirs.
We are really excited about your upcoming release, When the Gods Forget. Because we both adored Children of the Forgotten Gods. Are you excited to release your second book?
I am terrified to release the second book! In many ways, this one has been more intimidating than the first one. When I released CotFG those characters were mine. Now that they’ve been out in the world there are readers who have invested in them and have expectations for me to deliver. That’s a lot of pressure when you don’t want to let them down.
What has been the best thing that happened since you released Children of the Forgotten Gods?
I think the best thing was the first message I received from a fan. The first time I received a message from someone I had never met and had no connection to, telling me that they had loved my story and couldn’t wait for the next one was surreal. You send it out, your heart in your throat that those hidden imposter syndrome fears will be validated. I don’t think the readers will ever know how much their feedback means.
What is your biggest hope for your future as an author?
Every author hopes to support themselves by their work. I would be happy to just continue to write and have my works find an audience. True writers will write regardless.
How do you keep your motivation for writing?
Writing has always been an escape, something I enjoyed. Sure, plotting and editing is work, but I enjoy the storytelling. If you enjoy it, that is your motivation.
Do you think it’s harder to write a series than a stand alone?
I think they have different but equal challenges. You have to maintain momentum and increasing tension in a series, which requires a lot of planning in each book. A stand alone has to get you invested in characters and wrap up the entire story in one shot, which can be a real challenge. How many stand alones have you read that you wanted more? I have a stand alone that I’m planning to write after the conclusion to the Forgotten Gods series. I can let you know for sure then 🙂
Top three things you want for 2019?
I’d love for Forgotten Gods to do well, which could hopefully allow me to make writing my full time career. Lastly, I really hope to get to that stand alone before the year ends.
Have you started writing the third book in your series yet? (Lexxie really, really needs it!)
I have! I’m about three chapters into the rough draft. I can tell you, I’ve teased two of my beta readers with an early snip it and they were floored. I’m very excited about the final book. These characters have been in my head for years now and finally writing this last installment is bittersweet, but I’m excited to bring the full story to the readers.
Kennedy lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, her three daughters and too many animals. She loves reading and writing urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Kennedy is passionate about all genres of music and loves gardening which she only discovered after moving out of the city. Her debut novel, Children of the Forgotten Gods, is the first in a young adult urban fantasy series.
Thanks for stopping by today! And if you want to read Kennedy’s great urban fantasy YA stories, you have the links above – don’t forget to one-click.
Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.
5 responses to “Cover Reveal and Interview with Kennedy Daly – When the Gods Forget”
Great interview Lex! I think I like this cover even more than the first 🙂
Thanks, C! I love it, too 🙂 Of course, the color purple might have a little something to do with that 😉
I miss the The Originals too.
Wonderful interview and the cover is super unique!
Yesss, vampires! Aww, I can imagine how wonderful that first message from a fan must feel. And I can definitely see how standalones and series would have different challenges when writing. Great interview, both the questions and the answers! And a lovely cover!