Today is my second stop on the Shade Blog Tour master-hosted and organized by the lovely YA Reads. My first stop was back on Halloween for a REVIEW of Shade, but for this stop I’m interviewing the author of Shade, Cody Stewart. I tried to come up with some entertaining questions so read on for that and enter the giveaway. Also, don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour for more reviews, interviews, and guest posts!
Shade by Cody Stewart
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Clendon Kiernan has always preferred the shadows. A place where he was free from the hate and fear, from the stares and ridicule of others. One night Clen discovers the shocking truth of why. He is a Shade. A thing of darkness. A creature with the ability to shred souls. When a vile whisper tells him to destroy everything around him Clen does the only thing he can.
But he cannot run from himself. The darkness growing inside Clen will soon consume him if he does not learn to control it. In his quest to do so, Clen learns that there is an entire world that exists in the shadows of Ellis, a world that has been hidden from him – secret clans with extraordinary abilities, the ghosts of a hidden past, and a war that’s been brewing for millennia. Clen must uncover the true history of Ellis, see through the generations of lies and deceit, and suffer betrayal and heartbreak if he is to save all those who hate and fear him. But when he learns the truth, will he want to?
The darkness in him could save Ellis. Or it could be what destroys it.
If you had to describe Shade as ‘this’ meets ‘that’–for example, like The Matrix meets Resident Evil–what would it be?
The Lost Boys meets Harry Potter. Meets Highlander.
Were there any other authors, books, movies, music, etc. that inspired your writing?
I make playlists for whatever I’m writing. Really, I make playlists for whatever I’m doing. Walking, sitting, eating donuts. Life is better to music. The Shade playlist can be found on codybstewart.com. I draw a little inspiration from most things that I like reading or watching or listening to.
What are your favorite types of scenes to write?
Action scenes are exciting to write. They’re fast paced and thrilling and get the story pumping, but I enjoy writing the slower, more contemplative scenes more. I felt the opportunity for more creativity while writing Clen walking through the woods alone than I did writing some of the larger action scenes.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions that you live & die by?
Just coffee. That’s my only ritual. And I’m not superstitious.
What’s your go-to genre to read?
Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Any books you recommend to anyone and everyone?
I just finished I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. That’s an amazing book told with an incredibly unique voice. I love experiencing the world how Noah and Jude do.
I saw on your website you have 2 comic book projects in the works as well as a free Shade comic book preview on your site, what comic book series would you recommend most?
There are so many good ones. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe is a hilarious take on the Dungeons and Dragon type of fantasy. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan is one of my favorites. The art by Fiona Staples is mind-blowing. As far as more mainstream comics, I’d recommend Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four, J. Michael Stracynzski’s run on Thor, and Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men. If you like reading YA, I’d recommend Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost’s New X-Men run. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.
Do you have a favorite MEME and GIF? If so, what are they?
I’m a fan of Karate Kyle.
Pick a fandom, any fandom.
Marvel. I’m a true believer. Coincidentally, not more than two minutes ago, I struggled to contain my geek out at my desk when I read that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to play Dr. Strange in his Marvel movie debut. He’s planted his flag in so many fandoms.
If you could be in any of the clans from Shade, which would you choose & why?
I would choose the Horn for their abilities. Having super strength and heightened senses would be wicked cool. But they tend to be a brutal bunch, so I don’t know how long I’d last. I’m pretty sure I would be in the Dubh Suil though. They’re so dark and moody and reclusive.
What writing advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write all the time. And I don’t mean that you need to be constantly typing at your computer or putting pen to paper. Writing is more than the act of putting words on paper. It’s world and character building, plot mapping, planning which emotional beats to hit and when. This stuff is always happening somewhere in my head. The most amazing moment for one of my characters will pop into my head while I’m driving to work, so I’ll take that moment, dissect it, and explore it. If I still think it’s amazing after that, I’ll store it for later when I can sit down and record it. Writing doesn’t just happen at your desk, it happens all the time.
This or That:
Movies or TV?
TV. I prefer serialized storytelling. And I prefer to binge watch until my eyes hurt.
Ebook or physical copy?
Physical copy. My eyes need a break from staring at screens sometime.
Pen or pencil?
Black or white?
Up or down?
I prefer getting down much more than getting up.
Blind or deaf?
Deaf. I love music, but I’d rather read.
Skittles or Starbursts?
Skittles. They’re easier to eat by the handful and I don’t have to individually unwrap them.
Cookies or Cake?
Left or Right?
Comic books or novels?
Go to Hogwarts and still be a muggle or live in a world with Pokemon but only be able to catch Magikarps?
Pokemon, definitely. I could put in the work to evolve my Magikarp into a Gyarados, but I could never be Argus Filch.
Fly on a magic carpet with Aladdin or kick Voldemort’s butt with Harry Potter?
Can I sing the song? If I can sing the song, then I’ll take the magic carpet ride. I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid!
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About the Author:
Cody was born in Upstate New York. Eventually setting off to seek his fortune, he worked in a paper mill, a whipped cream factory, cleaned apartments, and administratively assisted several organizations before returning to the Adirondacks with a wife and child that he picked up along the way.
He approaches life as though it were a page – frequently rearranging paragraphs to make it more interesting if not wholly true, fudging with the margins to fit more in, and, sometimes, erasing entire sections altogether.
When not altering reality, he is scouring comic book shops, lying on the ground, or floor (whichever he happens to be standing on when he feels the need to go horizontal), trying to convince his wife to make french toast (she makes amazing french toast), and searching for the darkest cup of coffee in existence.