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Indie Author Interview: Kennedi Morgan

Hey my Bookish Gremlins! Here's another wonderful Indie author that you just have to get to know. Kennedi Morgan (She/they) was a pleasure to work with even if we don't agree on who the true star of their book is. (It's defiantly Skye <3) Their Debut novel The Fated Ones released earlier this year and was a tear jerker for sure. It revolves around three main character's Skye, a genderfluid pansexual dragon fae, Marcus, an alpha direshifter (aka werewolf like shifter), and Nessa, a latent direshifter (meaning she can't shift like the others) on thier journey to finding themselves, navigating a war started long before they ever existed, and just trying to survive.


Read my full review in an earlier post if you haven't already. But for now let's get to know the amazing person behind the book!



young woman, author Kennedi Morgan
Author Kennedi Morgan

Let us get to know you:


1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

a. East Coast, USA! I don’t think it has much impact on my writing.  


2. How old were you when you first started writing your own stories?

a. As long as I’ve known to read and write! My first story was when I was 5 or 6

and I wrote a story about two girls on different soccer teams fighting, and a ref came

between them and gave a monologue about the importance of getting along.


3. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

a. Since childhood, honestly.


4. What is the first book you remember reading? How old were you?

a. Oh goodness, that’s a great question. I know I’ve read before this, but the first

book I truly remember reading was Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora

Pierce. Her work inspired me and I devoured every single one of her novels ever

since.


5. Do you, like many writers, have dozens of notebooks with half written ideas in

them? Or are you more of a one idea at a time kind of person?

a.  …Why would you call me out like this hahaha. Yes I have a series of notebooks

with ideas scribbled down. You never know when those creative 2am zoomies

are going to hit.


6. While I love to rep all Indie Authors I like to spotlight those that are part of

marginalized communities, would you say you are a part of such a demographic?

How do you think this influences your writing?

a. As a non-binary bisexual, I suppose I fall into a marginalized community, but I

have a hard time acknowledging as such because I’m a straight and cis-passing

person. It does influence my writing. My character in The Fated Ones, Skye, is a

non-binary, genderfluid pansexual who can change their human physical

appearance at will. This was born from my own desire to be like Mr. Potato Head

where I could add and remove parts as desired. Sexuality and gender identity (or

lack thereof), is also a non-issue in my world.


7. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

a. I would change our world’s outlook on things like sexuality, gender identity,

polyamory/polygamy, race, and make them things that are just accepted and

celebrated, rather than things that cause people to be discriminated for or, at

worst, killed for.


8. Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

a. I am an introvert with an extroverted mask haha


A bit about your writing:


9. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

a. Both? Both. Both is good. Haha! I am a pantser trying to learn to

plot…somewhat.  


10. Do you have a preferred writing environment? Such as a Cafe, home office, or just

anywhere?

a. I have a couch in my office that I love to write on. That or the couch in the living

room downstairs.


11. Are you a full-time or a part-time writer? How do you think that affects your

writing?

a. Part time, sadly. It affects my writing in that I have to reacquaint myself with my

own story when I do have time to write, and sometimes during the work week

new ideas will hit me out of nowhere that I become obsessed with and will want

to try to incorporate into my work.


12. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

a. The easiest is just sitting down and writing. The hardest, for me, is sitting down

and trying to plot it out.


13. What comes first, plot or characters?

a. The characters, for me. For example, in The Fated Ones, Skye was my first brain

child and I crafted my dragon fae race around my desires for Skye and their

character. Marcus and Nessa came soon after.


14. Is there any writing advice you would like to give to a writer working on their first

novel?

a. Don’t listen to the brain worms. Write your heart out, your story deserves to be

told.


15. Why did you choose to self-publish?

a. Because I have audacity and didn’t feel like waiting for a thousand No’s for one

potential Yes when I could simply do it myself.


16. Pen and paper? Or a computer?

a. Yes. But to be more specific, it depends! If I’m at home when the inspiration hits,

I’m whipping out the writing laptop and going to work. If I’m at work, I’m waiting

until break and writing it all down in one of my many notebooks for later.



Cover of Kennedi Morgan's Debut novel The Fated Ones
Kennedi Morgan's Debut Novel

Book Specific:

  

17. What was your inspiration for this book? 

a. I was in the hospital for a week and devoured many a romantic fantasy and loved

it, but found myself wishing for more diversity and rep, especially with a non-

binary character or a world that at least acknowledges our existence.


18. Do you have a favorite character? Scene?  Personally I LOVE Skye but I don’t

much care for Marcus. 

a.  LOL. Poor Marcus, my sweet baby boy is just misunderstood. He is an alpha

wolf trying desperately not to be an alphahole (because I hate that trope and this

is a hill I will die on). But I love love LOVE that Skye is getting love from the

fandom. I was so scared people wouldn’t accept Skye because they were non-

binary and not, say, a shadow daddy. But, I digress. I love all of my brain children

equally. I have multiple scenes that were my favorite to write, but I’ll mention two

because one is a major spoiler. The first was the cliff scene (iykyk), the second

was the harpies vs direshifter battle when Nessa rode her brother’s wolf form into

the fray a la Princess Mononoke.


19. When reading your book I noticed that Nessa is given so much hate for being

“latent”. I was wondering if this was meant to be a parallel to something else. For

instance I considered it could have been a comparison to how people with

disabilities, or possibly a fictional parallel to race issues. Was this intentional or

unintentional on your part?

a.  I didn’t intentionally set Nessa’s latency to be a parallel to people with

disabilities or race issues, but I can certainly see the comparison now that you’ve

pointed it out. I was actually originally inspired by some species in nature that

cast out their young if they are weak, etc.


20. There were a few surprises in the book (Don’t want to spoil them for other

readers) I have to know did any of the twists surprise you while you were writing? 

a. The scene that surprised myself as much as the readers (thanks, pantser brain!)

was The Cliff scene. That was completely pants-ed but I loved it so I kept it. 


21. Now I won’t ruin it for anyone but there is a real tear jerker of a scene near the end

of the novel. Did you always know that was going to happen? Also why couldn’t it

have been my least favorite character?! 

. a. Without going into detail, a huge event happened in 2021 that completely altered

my life. It completely changed the entire novel, which was originally going to be a

standalone RH, and served as the catalyst for the climax of my novel. It was me

pouring my emotions that I felt that day onto the pages, and now readers feel

what I felt. As for why it couldn’t have been someone else…it simply couldn’t

have been. Anyone who reads the acknowledgments will know exactly why this

book became what it was. That’s all I can say. P.S. I will not stand for this Marcus

slander! He deserves love too, dang it.


22. Were there any parts of the novel you found challenging to write? 

a. THAT scene. Anyone here who has read the novel knows what I’m talking about.


23. And lastly, is there anything you wished someone would ask you but hasn’t yet? If

so, share that with us.

a. Not in particular! I’m honored that anyone has taken an interest in me or my

work, and thrilled majority of people seem to be enjoying the novel, even if my

baby boy Marcus isn’t as appreciated as Skye XD


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