Publication date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Amy McNulty
In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
When recommending Nobody’s Goddess, what book would you use to fill in this blank? If you loved _____ by _____, you would love Nobody’s Goddess.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. (Specifically if you loved The Darkling from that book!)
Describe your book in ten words or less.
Young woman questions why one woman for every (masked) man.
If you could be any character in YA, who would you want to be and why?
I’m tempted to pick any of my most favorite YA characters, but their lives are too dangerous for my tastes. Instead, I’ll say Diana Holland from Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe series. She still goes on more adventures than I would, but it’s a little more down to earth. And I have a secret fantasy of living in a different time period. (Although I’m sure I’d miss my TV and Internet.)
What is one of your favorite newer YA books that you think everyone should read?
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. My best friend introduced me to this book (a sci fi Sleeping Beauty), and it’s amazing, but few other people I know have read it. Even though they totally should. Speaking of said best friend, Melissa Giorgio, I wish more people would read her Silver Moon Saga, too, which starts with The Sight Seer.
If you could give any advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
Ignore the mean voices in your head. Writing is hard, and even if you get an agent or publish/self-publish a book, you’re never going to feel like you’ve “made it” or that you’re “good enough” to be doing this. You are. Keep doing it!
What inspired your book?
The first inspiration was Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The storylines aren’t very similar, but the lord in my book is cut from the same cloth as Jareth (or any number of Byronic heroes). My second inspiration was reading The Hunger Games. There isn’t much in common, although Nobody’s Goddess does have some dystopian elements, but my passion for that series inspired me to finish my manuscript.
Why do you love YA?
I still feel like a young adult at heart, and it’s so much easier for me to relate to the characters of YA stories than it is for me to relate to characters who are grown-up. I love that they’re at that age where they’re still figuring out who they are and what they want out of life, and I feel like speculative YA fiction in particular is more adventurous and amazing than the stories I read in other books.
Do you have any new books in the works?
I’m done with the drafts of both the second and the third books in The Never Veil Series, and I’m working on revising those. I’m also looking for a home for one of my finished manuscripts, a YA fantasy about four teens whose parents are all villains in what I think of as a YA Game of Thrones meets Marvel’s Runaways comic. This summer, I hope to dive back in earnest to fixing up a project I shelved a few years ago, a YA suspense about a teen with prosopagnosia who still harbors a flame for his ex-girlfriend, even though something awful went down between them and he doesn’t remember her face.
ABOUT AMY MCNULTY:
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1) by Amy McNulty (INT)